Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Congratulates the Winners of the Primary Elections and Thanks to All of Those Candidates Who Campaigned In Support of Good Jobs and Expanding Our Middle Class

May 21, 2014, 13:06 ET from Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder congratulate the winners of the primary elections and to all of those candidates who campaigned on issues important to the working families of Pennsylvania.

"Regardless of the party affiliation we congratulate all of the candidates, who raised the issues that are most important to the working families of Pennsylvania - the need to restore funding for school districts and infrastructure investments as the keys to creating good jobs and expanding our middle class," President Bloomingdale said. "We congratulate Tom Wolf and State Senator Mike Stack for their success in leading as well as all of the candidates for U.S. Congress and State Legislature who have taken strong positions in support of working families," Bloomingdale said.

President Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Snyder are very pleased with the success rates of COPE endorsed candidates in Congressional and State Legislative contests. "Our COPE endorsed candidates won in 35 of 39 races for a success rate of 90%," noted Secretary-Treasurer Snyder.  

"The results speak for themselves," Bloomingdale said. "Our members helped these candidates secure their nominations as well as wage competitive challenges against candidates that attack good jobs, decent wages and benefits, and our rights.  We are proud of the great work our volunteers did in many important primary contests," Bloomingdale said.

"We have a solid base of volunteers and resources to build a very effective grassroots education and mobilization program to reach the worksites and households of workers in every region of Pennsylvania.  Today we begin expanding the mobilization and education program needed to take back our State for the working men and women of Pennsylvania," Snyder said.  "This election will be won or lost on voter turnout. We've learned the consequences when working families don't vote. It's time to stop playing defense and go on the offense and that will only happen if we all vote in November," Snyder added.

SOURCE Pennsylvania AFL-CIO