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State AFL-CIO fearful of complacency in election

12.02.14

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

State AFL-CIO fearful of complacency in election

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, October 4th- While most the labor community has endorsed Pennsylvania Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf, including the Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in Harrisburg, the federation is fearful that union members and their families will see the huge lead he currently has in the polls and not vote in the November election.

Mr. Wolf currently hold nearly a 20 percent lead in most polls over incumbent anti-union Republican Governor Tom Corbett. The labor community has put a high prioity on defeating Mr. Corbett on November 4th and denying him of a second four-year term.

However, Richard Bloomingdale, President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is concerned that union members and their leaders will read the polls and not participate in the political campaign leading-up to the November election or worse yet stay at home on election day and not vote.

Should many union families not participate in the November 4th election believing Mr. Wolf is far ahead and will not need their vote to win, the down-ballot elections could be affected.

The Pennsylvania State Senate is considered to be up for grabs with the Republican party currently holding a 27 to 23 advantage, with at least four GOP senators often voting to support labor initiatives blocking Mr. Corbett and his supporters from getting anti-union legislation passed in the General Assembly.

“Regardless of what polls say, Tom Wolf will not win if his supporters get complacent and stay home on Election Day. We must make sure that all of our voices are heard,” stated Mr. Bloomingdale.