In a hotly contested special election for Congress in southwestern Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Democrat Conor Lamb turned up a stunning victory over the clear favorite, Republican Rick Saccone.
In stark contrast to the anti-labor rhetoric of Saccone, Conor Lamb showed an unwavering support for unions and workers’ rights. Beyond mere lip service, Lamb showed voters that the labor movement was a centerpiece of his campaign.
“I support unions, and I’m proud to be endorsed by the AFL-CIO,” Lamb said. “I believe that all workers have the right to organize and bargain collectively for better wages, benefits and working conditions. And I know that when unions do the work, it gets done on time and on budget. Union members in our district can count on me to be the most effective ally they have in fighting to protect their rights, support prevailing wages and Project Labor Agreements, and defeat the ideological extremists who want to put unions out of existence.”
The Utility Workers proudly endorsed Lamb’s candidacy, and UWUA local unions throughout the district worked tirelessly to mobilize members and to get out the vote.
“Conor Lamb’s victory in Pennsylvania shows that candidates who emphasize working family issues can win in any type of district – red, blue, and everything in between,” stated UWUA National President Mike Langford.
“Conor Lamb ran that kind of campaign – emphasizing the urgent need to protect fair wages, pensions, Social Security, Medicare, and the right of workers to unite into unions – and UWUA members in southwestern Pennsylvania were proud to stand with him,” Langford continued. “UWUA local and National Union leaders and staff knocked on doors, staffed phone banks, and distributed leaflets at worksites to make certain the best candidate for working families won this race. Now we need to redouble our efforts to send more Representatives like Conor Lamb to Congress this November. The wages, benefits, and job security of our members and families depend on it,” Langford concluded.