U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz on Wednesday netted what may be the first union endorsement in the 2014 Democratic primary for Pennsyvlania governor.
United Steelworkers Local 10-1 backed Schwartz, citing her work with other political leaders to keep open refineries in Marcus Hook, Trainer and Philadelphia. Sunoco and Conoco Phillips threatened closure in 2011, putting 2,600 jobs at risk.
“When faced with the possibility of a devastating plant closure, Congresswoman Schwartz immediately went to work on our behalf without waiting to asked," USW Local 10 President Jim Savage said in a statement. "We appreciate her efforts and we know that all Pennsylvania working families will benefit from her leadership, which we experienced first-hand.”
Among the others who helped broker the deals to save the refineries: Gov. Corbett, the man Schwartz wants to replace.