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Governor candidate Schwartz receiving labor endorsements

03.24.14

MARCH 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Governor candidate Schwartz receiving labor endorsements

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, March 4th- The labor community continues to split their endorsements on who they plan to support for the spring primary election for Pennsylvania governor.

The labor community has put a high priority on defeating Mr. Corbett in 2014. Labor will be active during the election season.

Nearly all of his legislative initiatives involve union represented workers being eliminated. The Corbett agenda has hurt all three groups of the labor community, the building and construction trades, the public sector unions, and the industrial trade unions.

Unlike most elected political office holders, that deny being anti-union and for lower wages and less benefits, Mr. Corbett appears to enjoy being considered being the most anti-worker Governor in the state’s history.

Mr. Corbett supports the privitization of Pennsylvania State Liquor Stores, which would put more than 5,000 family sustaining jobs at risk, supports charter schools, supports legislation that would make Pennsylvania a right-to-work state, supports the elimination or making changes to the state prevailing wage law, and awarded a contract to let a British company manage the Pennsylvania Lottery System, a nearly totally unionized system, that would have resulted in those jobs being put in harms way. Pennsylvania Attorney Kathleen Kane rejected his plan in February 2013 and the system remains operated by the state.

Current Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord, who along with six other candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination to attempt to deny anti-union Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett a second four-year term. Mr. Corbett will likely not receive the endorsement of any labor organization during the 2014 campaign.

Some of the largest unions in Pennsylvania have endorsed Mr. McCord including; the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District 13 in Harrisburg; The Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters; and the United Food and Commerical Workers (UFCW) Union Local 1776 in Plymouth Meeting.

Besides Mr. McCord, the other candidates still seeking the Democratic nomination are: U.S. House of Representative Allyson Schwartz (13th Legislative District); Tom Wolf; Katie McGinty; John Hanger; Jo Ellen Litz; and Jack Wagner, former two-team Pennsylvania Auditor General.

The Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) in Harrisburg, is fearful that a long open primary could result in wasting economic investment money and causing divisions.

Congresswomen Schwartz, which represents the 13th Legislative District in Washington, has also been endorsed by several labor organizations.

Representative Schwartz endorsements include: the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 98 in Philadelphia; the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 926 and Local 249; the United Mine Workers Union (UMW); the United Steelworkers (USW) Union Local 10-1; the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Union Local 13; the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP); the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, which is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers Union (AFT); and the Pennsylvania State Council of Sheet Metal Workers, which Sheet Metal Workers International Union (SMWIU) Local 44 in Wilkes-Barre is affiliated.