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Labor movement often split during political campaigns


OCTOBER 2013, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Labor movement often split during political campaigns


REGION, October 1st- The main-stream media and conservative radio, television and newspaper political analyst often when discussing labor organizations refer to the group as “big labor” suggesting the labor community as a group supports political candidates that are always Democrats and the same person. However, the gubernatorial race in New Jersey again has shown that opinion to be nonfactual.

The corporate controlled media for decades suggests in a negative way that labor organizations always have the same reasons for supporting political candidates. But after more than two decades of publishing, this newspaper has found that opinion to be inaccurate.

Currently in the New Jersey Governor’s race, the affiliated unions of the New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council are supporting Incumbent Republican Governor Chris Christie, while the state’s public sector unions which have contracts with New Jersey, are supporting Democrat Barbara Buono. Mr. Christie is reported to have a more than 34 point lead over his Democratic opponent.

The reason for the division is because of Mr. Christie’s push for the used of unionized construction workers after Hurricane Sandy for rebuilding the damage.

Next years Pennsylvania Govenors race in Pennsylvania promises to divide the labor community as well, at least within the Democratic party primary. There is little to no chance any labor organization will support current Pennsylvania Republican Governor for another term because of his political policies toward unions. Nearly all of his legislative initiatives involve union represented workers being eliminated.

Support by labor for the Democratic candidates for Governor of Pennsylvania next year will be split and their main goal will be to unite for the November 2014 election.

In Northeastern Pennsylvania the three groups of the labor community, the building trades, the public sector unions and the industrial trade unions, often support different political candidates for different reasons.