I am excited to announce that I have been endorsed by the AFL-CIO. The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations is the biggest federation of unions in the US and their endorsement is a sign of my commitment to representing the working families of Pennsylvania.
Too many Pennsylvanians are working long hours for too little pay. Small businesses in our state, owned by Pennsylvanians, find it hard to compete against big businesses. And too many Pennsylvanians find it difficult to access the quality education that would allow them to prepare for a successful career or retool when the time comes for it.
That is why I support Governor Wolf’s proposal to raise the Pennsylvania minimum wage from its current, ridiculously low level of $7.25 on hour. I support changing Pennsylvania law to close the notorious Delaware loophole so that our local, small businesses are not at a competitive disadvantage with businesses that shelter taxable assets in Delaware. I support providing more equitable, quality educational opportunities for children and adults in the commonwealth. And I support measures to keep unions strong in our state so that workers can have some say over the conditions of their employment!
Let’s build a Pennsylvania in which workers can make a livable wage and receive decent benefits, a Pennsylvania in which local businesses have a chance against the big corporations; a Pennsylvania in which our children are prepared for good jobs, workers are more secure and contented in their positions, and Pennsylvanians can retool and re-train when they need to.