October 29, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
Southern Tier Of, NY - Democratic Congressional Candidate John Plumb is receiving unprecedented support from Organized Labor in his campaign to unseat Republican Tom Reed, to the tune of several individual and major Labor Organizations and Unions heavily involving themselves by providing additional boots on the ground and intensified phone-banking and door-to-door actions.
In fact, Union Officials tell WNYLaborToday.com that the New York State AFL-CIO, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) have brought in their Political Action Representatives from across the New York to work on challenger Plumb’s campaign, which they believe has a very good chance of unseating the incumbent Reed.
“I feel like (Organized Labor) is doing a lot of ‘good work.’ One of our Staff Organizers (Peter DeJesus) has been spending ‘a lot of time’ in the Southern Tier over the past several weeks, helping coordinate Labor Walks and other actions,” Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) President Richard Lipsitz (Pictured below, in the middle, with WNYALF Staff Organizers Peter DeJesus on the left and Chris Borgatti on the right/WNYLaborToday.com Photo) tells Your On-Line Labor Newspaper.
“John (Plumb) is a ‘very fine’ candidate. He’s from the Jamestown area and he’s a young man with a ‘fine’ military and government service record. We’re ‘very happy’ he came forward (to challenge Reed). It is ‘completely possible’ to ‘pull an upset’ in that race,” Lipsitz said.
Jamestown AFL-CIO Central Labor Council President David Wilkinson, who also serves as Business Manager of IBEW Local 106 in that Southern Tier city, tells WNYLaborToday.com the Council’s affiliated Member Unions and the IBEW have been “working hard” to turn the 23rd Congressional District (which consists of either all of and parts of the counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Yates) from “red to blue.”
“Plumb was a ‘wonderful choice’ (as a candidate),” Wilkinson said. “And he has a ‘wonderful chance’ to win. He has ‘name recognition’ and ‘once you get the word out’ (on who he is and the issues he supports), reaction has been ‘very favorable’ with John Plumb.”
The IBEW has also ratcheted up its individual effort to get Plumb elected by bringing it its Statewide Political Director, Ellen Redmond, to oversee the Union’s actions, as well as receiving support from its Brother Locals that represent more than 3,500 Workers across Western New York: Local 41 in Orchard Park; Local 237 in Niagara Falls; Local 86 in Rochester; Local 241 in Ithaca; and Local 139 in Elmira. In addition, Local 237 has sent down Staffer Mark Grozio, an elected member of the Niagara County Legislature, to lend his expertise, Wilkinson added. To read more click on the following link