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Pawlowski Gets First Union Endorsement

Mayor Ed Pawlowski
Mayor Ed Pawlowski

Coming off a 20 point win for re-election as Mayor of Allentown, Ed Pawlowski got another boost this week — this time, in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania governor.

Iron Workers Local 420, a union representing workers in nine counties, endorsed Pawlowski after a labor rally Saturday outside Pottsville’s Yuengling Brewery. He spoke against a right-to-work law, a statute that prohibits secure agreements between unions and employers that require union membership.

“Mayor Pawlowski has supported working families throughout his term as Mayor, and we’re proud to endorse him,” Gary Martin, Business Manager for Iron Workers Local 420, said.  “He’s done a great job putting our brothers and sisters in labor back to work in Allentown, and we’re confident he will do the same around the state as Governor of Pennsylvania.”

Organizers chose Yuengling as the site for the rally after president and owner Dick Yuengling came out in favor of right-to-work laws.

The union represents counties in central and eastern Pa. and is the first union to support Pawlowski in his bid for governor. Iron Workers Local 420 is the labor group that is working on major reconstruction projects in Allentown, including a major hockey arena and downtown developments. These projects are part of a Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ).

Pawlowski referenced his record of supporting working families, and Allentown’s success with union labor and the reconstruction of the city’s arena, hotel, office and apartment projects.

“I am honored to be endorsed by Iron Workers Local 420,” Pawlowski said.  “They know that as Governor, I will fight to protect all workers across the state, and produce Project Labor Agreements for public projects wherever I can in order to keep Pennsylvania jobs in Pennsylvania. Good paying jobs mean a healthier economy throughout the state.”

So far in the race for labor union support, state Treasurer Rob McCord has outpaced his Democratic rivals followed by Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz.

2 Responses

  1. Do the Iron Workers realize that Pawlowski’s independent opponent for mayor got 40% of the vote, despite Pawlowski being on both the D and R ballots, and refusing to debate, and having a ton more money?

    Will Pawlowski get the endorsement from Charmin to be their next Mr. Whipple?

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