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Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf promises to support labor community if elected


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

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf promises to support labor community if elected


REGION, April 2nd- According to a recently released poll of likely voters Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf is far ahead of the four remaining contenders for their party nomination in the May 20th Primary election.

Besides Mr. Wolf, the other candidates still seeking the Democratic nomination are: U.S. House of Representative Allyson Schwartz (13th Legislative District); Katie McGinty; and current Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord. All four candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination to attempt to deny anti-union Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett a second four-year term.

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

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.

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

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 Local 44 in Wilkes-Barre is affiliated. Local 44 represents members of the Sheet Metal Workers International Union (SMWIU) throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Franklin and Marshall College poll released on April 2rd indicated that York Businessman Tom Wolf leads his closest opponent Ms. Schwartz by sixteen points. Mr. McCord trailed by seventeen points and Ms. McGinty was nineteen points behind Mr. Wolf.

The newspaper is not aware of any labor organization that has endorsed Mr. Wolf but he has been meeting with labor representatives throughout the state including in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

According to his political campaign, Mr. Wolf if elected would support issues important to the labor community including: improving oversight of charter and cyber charter schools; protect the right of workers to unionize and collectively bargain; veto any legislation that restricts the rights of workers, including repealing the agency fee, doing away with union dues deduction, eliminating the right of school employees to strike, and any change to the prevailing wage law.

Mr. Wolf stated he has shared between 20 percent and 30 percent of his company’s profits with employees. Mr. Wolf operates a American made kitchen-cabinet design and distribution business in Indiana.

His campaign also stated he would push as governor to close the Delaware loophole and allows 70 percent of the companies that do business in the state to not pay corporate net income taxes. He feels the loophole shifts the tax burden unfairly to small business and individual citizens.