Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Outside of the annual Pennsylvania AFL-CIO in Pittsburgh the presidents of several union locals threw their support behind Jack Wagner’s Democratic gubernatorial campaign. Among those endorsing Wagner today was Jim Rich of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Worker local 29, Eric Hoover of the IBEW local 201 and Ed Yankovich of the United Mine Workers of America local 3. Yankovich says all union members want is a seat at the table and his union feels Wagner will give them access at a level never before seen in state government. Also making endorsement statements were Keith Hill of the American Federation of Government Employees and Wendell Young of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union local 1776. UFCW 1776 represents PLCB retail workers. Young says Wagner backed the union at a time when the state was thinking about selling the state stores. He says Wagner helped to save jobs and helped Pennsylvania to retain an important asset. Patrick McMahon of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85 threw his union’s support behind Wagner at the event. He says Wagner has shown time and again that his word can be trusted. The ATU has had a long fight with Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato who is also running in the Democratic primary. Also on the ballot is State Senator Anthony Williams and Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel.
Wagner says, “I am humbly grateful and honored to have the support of these unions who embody the true spiriting of working families in Pennsylvania." Wagner was a member of the IBEW when he worked for Duquesne Light shortly after graduation.