The PSEA, the state's largest teachers' union, is backing state Treasurer Rob McCord in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor.
The announcement of its support follows Mr. McCord's strong showing at the Democratic State Committee meeting Saturday in Hershey. He received a plurality of the committee votes there, far outdistancing the second place finisher, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz. An endorsement from the influential group would be coveted in any statewide Democratic race, but is particularly noteworthy in the context of an election in which school funding issues are already front and center. The PSEA decision suggests a split in the state's teachers ranks, however, as the Pittsburgh Federation of Teacherspreviously threw their support behind Ms. Schwartz.
You can read the PSEA/McCord statement here:
Rosemont, PA – Today the Pennsylvania State Education Association’s Political Action Committee for Education (PSEA-PACE) officially recommended State Treasurer Rob McCord in the Democratic primary for Pennsylvania governor. The union emphasized McCord’s commitment to public education in their announcement.
“Tom Corbett’s bad decisions have thrown our public schools into crisis, and Rob McCord is dedicated to making the right decisions for our schools, our students, and our communities,” PSEA President Mike Crossey said. “PSEA-PACE is pleased to recommend Rob McCord to be Pennsylvania’s next governor. Rob has a sterling record on public education issues, will make Pennsylvania’s students a top priority, and will fight to reverse the school funding crisis that Tom Corbett has created. Pennsylvanians, educators, and the students we serve deserve better than what we’ve gotten from Tom Corbett, and Rob McCord is the candidate who is ready to hit the ground running to meet those needs.”
An affiliate of the National Education Association, PSEA represents approximately 180,000 future, active, and retired teachers, school employees, and health care workers in Pennsylvania.
“This endorsement from the working women and men of PSEA is immensely important to me, both personally and politically,” said Treasurer McCord. “Pennsylvania public education rescued me when I was a kid. My mom brought my brother and me to Pennsylvania as children specifically because of the great public schools we could attend. I owe much of my success to Pennsylvania educators and to the PSEA members who are supporting me today. I look forward to partnering with teachers and support professionals across the Commonwealth. Together, we really will get our state back on track by investing in education again.”
PSEA is the latest in a growing list of labor endorsements for the McCord campaign. With this endorsement, McCord has the support of more than 427,000 current and retired union members. To date, McCord has also been endorsed by five IBEW locals: Locals 5, 81, 126, 143, and 163, which represent workers in nearly every region of Pennsylvania. He has also been endorsed by the Laborers’ District Council of Metropolitan Philadelphia and Vicinity, BCTGM Local 464 – Chocolate Workers, AFSCME Council 13, UFCW Local 1776, the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters, Philadelphia’s AFSCME District 1199C, the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association, IUOE Local 66, and the Utility Workers Union of America.
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