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Labor endorsements for gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf piling-up

08.28.14

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

Labor endorsements for gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf piling-up

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, August 3rd- More labor organizations from throughout Pennsylvania have endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf for the November election.

The Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in Harrisburg and affiliated members of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council in Harrisburg along with non-affiliated labor organizations, such as the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) Union, are beginning to prepare to energize their members in a attempt to defeat Incumbent Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Corbett in the November election.

The labor community has put a high priority on defeating Mr. Corbett in 2014.

The labor community, including those that supported other Democratic candidates in Pennsylvania’s primary election in May, have been endorsing Democratic nominee York businessman Tom Wolf. Mr. Wolf defeated three other Democrats that were seeking their party’s nomination for Pennsylvania Governor that wanted the chance to deny Mr. Corbett a second four-year term as Pennsylvania’s governor.

Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council, a statewide federation of construction trade unions’, recently announced the federation has endorsed Mr. Wolf, however, not all building trade unions are supporting the Democratic nominee.

The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) District Council of Western Pennsylvania and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 154 have endorsed Mr. Corbett despite being considered to be one of or the most anti-union governors in Pennsylvania’s history.

Frank Sirianni, President of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council, stated the organization unanimously voted to endorse Mr. Wolf on June 30th.

“Our members, who are employed in virtually every community of Pennsylvania by more than 3,500 construction contractors and subcontractors, have spoken and they have told us with a forceful clarity that Tom Wolf represents a shining voice in the battle to make our Commonwealth’s government responsive to the hopes, needs and aspirations of working people in Pennsylvania.

Tom Wolf is a voice of welcoming reason who knows, first and foremost, that strengthening our communities, assuring a family sustaning wage for working families, focusing on access to health care for all Pennsylvanians, rationally protecting our resources, fairly securing our economy and enhancing the quality of education for our children are the keys to the return of fairness and progress in our society,” Mr. Sirianni said.

The Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union Council 13 voted to endorse Mr. Wolf only days after the primary election.

On July 31st, the Pennsylvania International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union in Harrisburg, a federation of IBT Local Union’s from throughout Pennsylvania, announced they have endorsed Mr. Wolf. The endorsement announcement was jointly made with the International Brotherhood of Carpenters Union in Philadelphia.

“I am proud to endorse Tom Wolf for Governor today. We need new leadership for Pennsylvania,” stated Edward Coryell Sr., Secretary-Treasurer of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters in Philadelphia.

“We all saw what Covernor Corbett’s failed policies have done to Pennsylvania. It’s time for positive change and Tom Wolf is the right man for the job,” stated William Hamilton, President of the Pennsylvania Conference of the IBT and Principal Officer of IBT Local 107 in Philadelphia.