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Casey picks up PA AFL-CIO endorsement

By: - December 14, 2023 9:09 am

Sen. Bob Casey. (File photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for JDRF)

The statewide AFL-CIO executive council is announcing its endorsement of U.S. Sen Bob Casey (D-Pa.) today, a key backing for the senator’s reelection campaign in the labor-conscious Keystone State. 

“Since his election to the Senate in 2006, Bob Casey has shown he is committed to the wellbeing of Pennsylvania’s workers and families,” Angela Ferritto, president of the PA AFL-CIO said in a statement. “He has worked to create family-sustaining jobs and safeguard the rights of workers. He has consistently demonstrated that he cares about the issues our members care about:  better pay and benefits, secure retirements, gender equality, workplace health and safety, high quality public education, and civil rights, among others.” 

The PA AFL-CIO has 700,000 members represented by 51 International Unions and 1,422 Locals. The timing of the endorsement is earlier in this campaign cycle than it has at any point in the past decade, and comes as Casey prepares to meet with labor unions in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, including the AFGE, SEIU Healthcare PA, Philadelphia Building Trades, AFL CIO Philadelphia, Allegheny Fayette Labor Council, United Steel Workers (USW), and Westmoreland Labor Council.

The Steelworkers, and United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) have already endorsed Casey, a longtime supporter of pro-union legislation and causes.

The PA AFL-CIO release pointed to the No Tax Breaks for Union Busting Act Casey introduced this year, which would prohibit corporations from deducting expenses related to anti-union campaigns from their taxes.

“Senator Casey has fought against large corporations and defended the rights of working people across the commonwealth,” George Piasecki, Secretary-Treasurer of the PA AFL-CIO said in a statement. “He understands that by strengthening workers’ rights, we can create an economy that benefits all Pennsylvania residents.”

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Kim Lyons
Kim Lyons

Kim Lyons is a veteran western Pennsylvania journalist who has covered people and trends in politics and business for local and national publications. Follow her on Threads @social_kimly