The Pennsylvania Union movement had a big year in 2018. One of those achievements celebrates its one year anniversary today: the election of Conor Lamb to the 18th congressional district. Our mobilization in the southwest corner of our Commonwealth resulted in the success of a proudly pro-union candidate.
Union members hit the doors, the phones and the worksites to get the word out about Conor Lamb. The work of our union brothers and sisters flipped a district by 20 points. Collective action and the value of strong unions took center stage during the internationally watched special election.
State Federation officers Rick Bloomingdale and Frank Snyder stated on the victory: “For weeks union members have held thousands of conversations across southwestern Pennsylvania on the issues that affect working families and their jobs. This election is proof that when working people come together in a united labor movement, we can achieve outstanding results. In living rooms, on telephones, and at work sites, our brothers and sisters mobilized to elect a candidate that stands up for working people and the issues that matter in their daily lives. Conor Lamb has demonstrated that honesty, integrity and support for a fair economy for all is the future of American democracy”, stated President Rick Bloomingdale.
“Election day, even a special election, is only the first step in our determined effort to win economic justice for all. Our activism and mobilization will continue throughout 2018. Our work to lift-up candidates that will fight for working people, their rights to collectively bargain, and work to unrig the system, is far from finished. On March 13th we ran through the finish line in the race for the 18th district, but the marathon continues,” added Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder.