UFCW Endorses McCord for Gov

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Rob McCord

State Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Rob McCord received another union endorsement today, this time from the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776.

Based in southeast Pa., it’s one of the more vocal labor groups in the state and tends to lean left of other unions – most notably building trades.

On Tuesday, the UFCW released a statement praising McCord for his commitment to its workers and organized labor across the state.

“As State Treasurer, Rob has stood on the side of working men and women on issues that include jobs, the economy, and a fair budget,” said Wendell Young, IV, president of Local 1776. “Rob has made clear that he supports the jobs of the 3,500 UFCW members who work in our publicly owned PA Wine and Spirits Stores.”

The UFCW has not been shy about backing candidates in contested races in the past. In 2010 they endorsed Jack Wagner over Dan Onorato in the Democratic primary for governor. Also in 2010 they supported Joe Sestak over Arlen Specter in the Senate primary.

In 2012, the union endorsed both Allyson Schwartz and Rob McCord in their respective campaigns. This time around they could only pick one, however, and McCord won out.

The UFCW is firmly against Corbett’s liquor privatization plan, a position that McCord shares along with the rest of the Democratic field.

With this endorsement, McCord continues to demonstrate his favorability with unions. He has previously been endorsed by the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters, Philadelphia’s 1199c, the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association, and IUOE Local 66.

4 Responses

  1. Don’t know why the UFCW would endorse this early… pulling the trigger now allows other candidates to tack to the middle and show some pragmatism on an issue.

  2. the same union who backed jack wagner for governor that worked out well.corbett is right on this one privitize.

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