“The race represents a test for organized labor,” so said Politico about the Democratic Primary for the 12th Congressional District. The right-leaning Washington Times said if organized labor couldn’t close a four-point gap that “. . . you really have to question what the union endorsment is worth.”
Tuesday, April 24th, organized labor delivered for Mark Critz. He won his Democratic Primary by a %51-%49 margin. A victory that the Pittsburgh Post Gazette chalked up to “. . . the awakened might of organized labor.”
That awakened might was in the form of over 600 volunteers, 36,000 pieces of direct mail, 10,000 doors knocked and 64,000 phone calls.
AFL-CIO endorsed candidates also won State House Seats in special elections in Berks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.
On April 30th, the State General Assembly re-convenes. A variety of issues of legislation hostile to workers and their interests are likley to get attention. The most hostile may be an Unemployment Compensation Solvency Bill. The bill’s intent is to create an illusion of solvency by making more than 60,000 people ineligible for benefits, but businesses would get a $3.7 billion, taxpayer-funded bond to pay off their debt. Hearings on hanges in public employee pensions and high-interest “pay-day” loans are also on the agenda.
According to the Harrisburg Patriot-News, privitization of the Liquor Stores may be back on the agenda. The new plan calls for selling up to 1600 licenses. Beer distributors would be able to purchase up to 10 licenses and the rest be auctioned on a county-by-county basis.
Tomorrow, April 28th, from 10AM-2PM, the Pennsylvania rally against the War On Women will take place at the State Capitol. Come out and show some solidarity with the women of Pennsylvania and the country!