Thursday, August 24, 2006

No "Labor Pain" For Joe

This appeared in yesterday’s Inquirer…

The Aug. 14 article "Local AFL-CIO splits with state on Weldon" incorrectly implies that labor is badly divided in the race between Joe Sestak and Curt Weldon for the U.S. House of Representatives. This is not true.

First, the Delaware County Central Labor Council (CLC) has no authority to endorse candidates. It can make recommendations to the state AFL-CIO, but in this case the AFL-CIO agreed with recommendations from the Montgomery County CLC and the Chester County CLC - also part of the Seventh Congressional District - and voted by more than a two-thirds majority to endorse Joe Sestak.

As a resident of the Seventh District, I was proud that the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1776 led the debate that secured the endorsement for Sestak. He is clear on his intent to address the national health-care crisis, to stand for fiscal responsibility, and to use his seat in the Congress to fight for working families. The longer Weldon has been in office, the more he has supported the failed domestic and international policies of the Bush administration and Republican House leadership.

Working men and women need a change in Washington. Joe Sestak will apply his experience serving our country and his longstanding ties to the Seventh District to make us proud that he is our congressman.

Wendell W. Young IV
UFCW Local 1776
Plymouth Meeting, PA
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