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Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf routs his opponents for Democratic nomination

06.11.14

JUNE 2014, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf routs his opponents for Democratic nomination

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, May 21st- Businessman Tom Wolf cruised to the Democratic party nomination for Pennsylvania governor by defeating the three other candidates that also seeked the chance to face anti-union Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett in November.

Besides Mr. Wolf, the other candidates that were seeking the Democratic nomination were: U.S. House of Representative Allyson Schwartz (13th Legislative District); former Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Katie McGinty; and current Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord. All four candidates were seeking the Democratic nomination to attempt to deny Governor Tom Corbett a second four-year term.

Mr. Wolf received approximately 58 percent of the total vote with both Ms. Schwartz and Mr. McCord receiving around 17 percent each of the vote. Ms. McGinty got around 7 percent of the total vote of Democrats on May 20th.

The labor community has put a high priority on defeating Mr. Corbett in 2014 and will likely support Mr. Wolf in the fall election despite that most of the unions that did endorse a candidate for the primary election supported Mr. McCord. However, most of the labor community did not make a endorsement of any of the candidates.

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

Congresswomen Schwartz was also endorsed by several labor organizations.including: 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 19 is affiliated. Local 19 represents members of the Sheet Metal Workers International Union (SMWIU) throughout the Lehigh Valley.

During the campaign, Mr. Wolf stated if elected he 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.

Frank Sirianni, President of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council in Harrisburg, told the newspaper prior to May 20th, that he believed all four Democratic gubernatorial candidates would support the labor community if elected in November over Mr. Corbett, and stated of the four he did not have a favorite.

“I know all four, and I have no doubt all would be good for labor,” said Mr. Sirianni. “The main objective is getting Corbett out.”