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Labor community requesting their members participate in election mobilization


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

Labor community requesting their members participate in election mobilization


REGION, October 3rd- Activity by the labor community members during this political campaign with the biggest prize being who will be the Governor of Pennsylvania for the next four years, has so-far been lite.

The labor community is attempting to mobilized their members for the November 4th political campaign to hopefully defeat anti-union Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Corbett and deny him of a second four-year term.

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, have began to prepare to energize their members leading-up to the election. The labor community has put a high priority on defeating Mr. Corbett in 2014.

However, with just weeks ahead of the election, the labor community is finding it difficult energizing their members, most likely because independent polls show Pennsylvania gubernatorial Democratic candidate Tom Wolf ahead by a large margin.

The labor community have mostly endorsed Mr.Wolf, an York businessman. 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. There has been several labor organizations that have endorsed Mr. Corbett for the fall election.

Frank Sirianni, President of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council in Harrisburg, a statewide federation of construction trade unions’, stated the labor federation unanimously voted to endorse Mr. Wolf.

“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.

“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 responsiveto the hopes, needs and aspirations of working people in Pennsylvania,” added Mr. Sirianni.

“We will be deploying our activists and volunteers to reach the worksites and households of workers in every region of the state on behalf of our endorsed candidates,” stated Frank Snyder, Secretary/Treasurer of the PA AFL-CIO. “This election will be won or lost on voter turnout and we are determined to educate and motivate through Election Day,” continued Mr. Snyder.

However, in Northeastern Pennsylvania union represented volunteers so-far during the fall political season have been hard to come by. The volunteers are being utilized to participate in door-to-door member labor walks, which includes knocking on the doors of fellow union members homes. Also, conducting phone banks, which involves calling union members at home on the phone, and speaking to them about how important it is to get out and vote on November 4th and support Mr. Wolf and the other labor endorsed candidates.

Mr. Wolf has made it clear if elected he would support issues important to the labor community if elected in November.