Gov. Corbett Not Welcome at Pittsburgh’s Labor Day Parade
Gov. Corbett has been un-invited from marching in Pittsburgh’s Labor Day parade.
Why? Because he’s not seen as a friend of labor.
While Tom Wolf, the Democratic nominee, has attracted the lion’s share of labor support, the Republican incumbent has drawn endorsements from several union locals, particularly in the building trades and construction locals. Two of them, Boilermakers Local 154, and the Laborers District Council of Western Pennsylvania, showed their support by inviting Mr. Corbett to march in the annual Downtown parade. But when officials of the parade’s sponsor, the Allegheny County Labor Council, learned of the invitation, they put a roadblock in front of those plans.
“I told them he wasn’t invited,’’ said Jack Shea, the veteran Labor Council president. “You can’t be trying to do away with us for 364 days a year and then want to march with us.’’ …Mr. Shea argued that as governor, Mr. Corbett had embraced anti-labor positions on a variety of issues.
The unions that tried to invite Corbett said they’d invite him to a later, alternate event.