Allyson Schwartz’s gubernatorial campaign won another endorsement today as the Pennsylvania State Council of Sheet Metal Workers formally announced they are backing her candidacy.
The Sheet Metal Workers have four local unions throughout the state and employ about 6,200 people statewide.
“We have known and worked with Allyson for years. There has been no better advocate for sheet metal workers and working men and women than Allyson Schwartz. So I know that as Governor, she will always protect the rights of workers to organize and fight for a fair livable wage and good benefits,” said Gary Masino, President and Business Manager of Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 and President of the Pennsylvania State Council of Sheet Metal Workers.
The southeastern Pa. Congresswoman also made sure to note this endorsement is an example of her support in western PA by including the testimony of David Bernett, Business Manager of Sheet Metal Workers Local 12, the Pittsburgh branch.
“Allyson will be a great advocate for western Pennsylvania working families,” Bernett said. She’ll be our kind of candidate and will make sure working men and women have access to quality jobs, health and disability benefits and a sound retirement options.”
“I have been proud to stand with the Sheet Metal Workers for years as they have worked to preserve the right for workers to organize, provide for a fair, livable wage, and secure retirement options,” Allyson Schwartz stated in response. “I am honored they will be standing with me as we work to change Harrisburg.”
Last week Schwartz received the backing of the United Mine Workers, another statewide union with a strong presence in western PA.
Other Democratic candidates for Governor include former DEP Secretaries John Hanger and Katie McGinty, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, and former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf. State Treasurer Rob McCord is also widely expected to run.