Perriello Aims to Rebuild Environmental-Labor Coalition in Southwest Virginia

Payday Senior Labor Reporter Mike Elk had a profile of Tom Perriello’s effort to rebuild an environmental-labor coalition in Southwest Virginia.

The piece examines how Perriello’s campaign against the pipeline and fossil fuels has lead him to leading there by a nearly 3 to 1.

“We have supported the pipeline from the beginning and that hasn’t changed,” says Jeff Rowe, president of the 10,000 member-strong Virginia Association of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. “That being said, this election is about a lot more than pipeline.”

The IBEW said that they decided to endorse Perriello after he became the only candidate in the race to call for free two-year community college and repealing the state’s “right-to-work” law.”

Go to The Guardian and check out the whole piece:

 

About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is the founder of Payday Report and also covers labor and immigration for The Guardian. In 2015, he was illegally fired for union organizing as Politico’s senior labor reporter and used his $70,000 NLRB settlement to start Payday. The son of United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and has dinner with his folks regularly. He can be reached at Melk@PaydayReport.com A Sidney Award winner and proud graduate of Woodland Hills, Elk lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh.

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