As state Treasurer Rob McCord made his the announcement tour for his campaign for governor earlier this fall, he made a stop at the Pittsburgh headquarters of IBEW local 5 on the South Side.
He got a belated welcoming present Thursday as the union endorsed his bid for the Democratic nomination to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett next years. It was Mr. McCord's second labor endorsement of the week, as teh State Store worker's union lined up behind him earlier. The McCord release after the jump:
Bryn Mawr, PA - Today, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 5, in Pittsburgh, announced that it is endorsing Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord in the Democratic primary for Pennsylvania governor. IBEW Local 5 represents nearly 4,000 active and retired members in the Pittsburgh region.
“The combination of Rob McCord’s business and job-creation experience, his education and his values, and his work ethic and proven ability to get things done is what we need at this time to get Pennsylvania moving forward again,” said IBEW Local 5 Business Manager Mike Dunleavy. “Treasurer McCord is unique among all of the candidates. He possesses all the skills necessary to get the job done. What’s more, Rob McCord knows what working families in Pennsylvania are going through. We trust him to fight for the working men and women who make our state strong. The members of Local 5 are ready to work diligently on his behalf.”
“I am honored to have been endorsed by Local 5," McCord said. "On an ongoing basis, over the past five years, I have really enjoyed working with Mike Dunleavy and his colleagues. Just recently, I had the privilege of meeting a lot of the members of Local 5 when I stood in their training center to announce my campaign for governor, and I was reminded that they’re doing some really amazing, groundbreaking work to support working families in Western Pennsylvania. Local 5's job training site is one of the most impressive in the country, and it is great to see how this innovative, productive union gives their members both the skills and the education that creates long-term economic security and opportunity."
IBEW Local 5’s endorsement is the second labor announcement this week for the McCord campaign, following Tuesday’s endorsement by UFCW Local 1776. Additional, previous union endorsements include the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters, Philadelphia’s 1199c, the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association, and IUOE Local 66.