Wolf wins Labor Council award
Governor talks about deserving re-election
Many urged for the re-election of Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf as governor and for the preservation of labor unions at the Blair-Bedford Central Labor Council 100th year anniversary
celebration on Thursday evening.
He received the council’s 2018 person
of the year award at the celebration at the Bavarian Aid Society on South 13th Street, commenting on how unions help drive out inequality and protect rights of workers, enabling them to fight for higher wages and better working conditions.
“I’m honored,” Wolf said about the award. “I’ve stood side-by-side with all of you for the past three and a half years to fight to ensure workers of Pennsylvania have a strong voice.”
He asked celebration attendees to work together to preserve unions and to fight against Right to Work and discussed the importance of the 2018 elections, outlining why he thinks he is fit to retain his seat as governor.
“Let’s work together to oppose both Harrisburg and Washington from all the politicians who want to undermine our local efforts to offer common sense benefits like paid sick leave,” Wolf said to audience members. “We cannot allow all of our progress to be rolled back as a result of our sitting out of this election.”
Wolf said he is running for governor to continue the work he has been doing while in office. Republican candidate and former senator Scott Wagner is running against Wolf for governor.
“When I got to Harrisburg, things were really broken. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was broke. We had no money, a big budget deficit, and I addressed that,” Wolf said. “We had been taking money out of education.
I destroyed that. I expanded Medicaid. I think Pennsylvania is a better place now because it’s a fairer place. And I want to continue to keep moving Pennsylvania in the right direction.”
If re-elected, Wolf said
he will aim to
continue investing in education, protecting at-home living options for seniors, attracting job growth and ensuring ethical conduct within the government.
Labor Council President Robert Kutz honored Wolf with the award, stating the incumbent changed ethics reforms, including banning administration members from accepting gifts.
Kutz noted that Wolf does not accept a pension, donates his salary to charity, drives his Jeep to work daily and is “fighting to curb the power of special interest in Harrisburg.”
Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana, who attended the event, said of Wolf, “I know him as a leader across the country.”
Bullock said Wolf has been a proven fighter for Pennsylvania but also a proven leader and fighter beyond the commonwealth.
“We have to be demanding more of our candidates and representatives,” Bullock said. “We have to support those who stand up and fight for the public good and workers. Those who don’t, don’t deserve your vote, and they don’t deserve your support. Tom Wolf deserves your vote and your support.”
Wolf grew up in York, Pennsylvania, and owned the Wolf Organization, a distributor of lumber and other building products, prior to being elected as governor.
The incumbent received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree from the University of London and a post-doctorate from M.I.T.
He is married and has two daughters with his wife, Frances.
Richard Trumka, president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, won the Blair-Bedford CLC Labor Award this year, but was unable to attend the event.