The stakes in 2018 are high for Pennsylvania union members. The brothers and sisters of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 Keystone State know just how the impact of legislation in Harrisburg and Washington can affect their jobs and communities. From the state legislature’s attempts to privatize the Wine and Spirits stores and eliminate good jobs, to protecting worker safety in the food processing industry, the UFCW Local 1776 KS knows that seizing the opportunity at the ballot box and voting on the issues is critical for our membership.
UFCW Local 1776 Keystone State President Wendell W. Young IV remarked, “now more than ever, union members and their families need to make their voices heard at the polls on November 6th. We are engaging our members in every way – at the worksites, at the doors, and on the phones – about the importance of this election and the impact it can have on collective bargaining here in Pennsylvania and the entire country.”
Communicating the issues to union members is the foundation of the Labor 2018 campaign. UFCW Local 1776 KS and the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO support candidates that stand for public sector OSHA, non-discrimination for our LGBT sisters and brothers, and those that will fight back the so-called “right to work” bills that are too often introduced in our legislature. Workplace safety and union rights are of the highest priority for UFCW members; this year, corporate-backed forces are lobbying the federal government to increase line speed production in poultry plants, making workplace conditions more dangerous.
“We must support those candidates who support working families and the ability to form, join and participate in their union. Unions are the truest form of workplace democracy, and just like members exercise their right to vote on contracts and other union-related topics, they must also exercise their right to vote on November 6th to ensure we have a General Assembly and Congress that works for our members and their families,” stated President Young.