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Union Representing Pa.’s Liquor Store Workers Speaks Out Against Privatization

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(A Pennsylvania liquor store, in Philadelphia.  File photo)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The head of the union representing workers in the state’s liquor stores says Gov. Corbett’s privatization plan is a bad idea. (see related story)

Wendell Young is the president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1776.

He says that while the governor’s plan may sound appealing to some on the surface, it will wreak havoc for thousands of Pennsylvania families.

“This governor wants to put nearly 5,000 people out of work from an agency that’s making money, pays all its bills including its employee compensation costs, and delivers over half-a-billion dollars a year back to the state,” Young explains.

Young also says Corbett is out of touch with average voters on the issue and likely won’t find as much support as he thinks, even in his own party in the Legislature.

However, Young says there is support to reform the existing system but not dismantle it entirely.

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