HARRISBURG, PA (December 14, 2023) — On behalf of 700,000 working men and women in Pennsylvania, represented by 51 International Unions and 1,422 Locals, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Executive Council endorsed Bob Casey for U.S. Senate today.
“Since his election to the Senate in 2006, Bob Casey has shown he is committed to the wellbeing of Pennsylvania’s workers and families,” said Angela Ferritto, President, PA AFL-CIO. “He has worked to create family-sustaining jobs and safeguard the rights of workers. He has consistently demonstrated that he cares about the issues our members care about - better pay and benefits, secure retirements, gender equality, workplace health and safety, high quality public education, and civil rights, among others.
“Senator Casey’s record speaks for itself. On behalf of union families, I encourage all Pennsylvanians to speak up, show up, and support his candidacy.”
Senator Casey has consistently voted for legislation that protects working people. He supported legislation to expand apprenticeship programs, provide paid sick days for railroad employees, and secure marriage equality. In 2023, he introduced two bills to establish a fair tax code for workers and crack down on anti-union practices. His Tax Fairness for Workers Act was designed to allow workers to deduct travel costs, uniform costs, and other business expenses, including union dues, in the same way other employees deduct these expenses.
Casey also introduced the No Tax Breaks for Union Busting Act in 2023. The legislation was designed to prevent anti-union practices by prohibiting corporations from deducting union-busting expenses from taxes. In many cases, attempts by workers to form unions and fight for their rights are thwarted by million-dollar campaigns funded by taxpayers. The tax code rewards corporations for union busting by allowing them to write these efforts off.
“Senator Casey has fought against large corporations and defended the rights of working people across the commonwealth,” said George Piasecki, Secretary-Treasurer of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO “He understands that by strengthening workers’ rights, we can create an economy that benefits all Pennsylvania residents. The PA AFL-CIO is proud to support Bob Casey because we know he will advocate and fight on behalf of our members.”