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Bob Casey Picks Up AFSCME Council 13 Endorsement, Talks Greedflation and Shrinkflation in Harrisburg

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The Keystone Newsroom: “If There’s One Thing To Take Away From US Sen. Bob Casey’s Campaign Stop With Union Members In The Harrisburg Area On Thursday, It’s That The Rich Are “Mad As Hell” At Casey Over His Corporate Price Gouging Legislation”

PENNSYLVANIA – Last Thursday, Senator Bob Casey joined the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 13 leadership and members in Harrisburg to receive their endorsement and discuss his support for working Pennsylvanians and his fight against greedflation and shrinkflation. AFSCME is the largest affiliate in the AFL-CIO and AFSCME Council 13 represents more than 65,000 public employees in Pennsylvania.

ICYMI: Keystone Newsroom: Bob Casey: The rich are ‘mad as hell at me’ for exposing corporate price gouging

  • US Sen Bob Casey accepted the endorsement of one of Pennsylvania’s largest public sector unions on Thursday, while continuing to hammer away at the costs of corporate price gouging.
  • “They’re mad as hell at me because I have the audacity to say, ‘you are engaged in greedflation,’” Casey told the packed room filled with union workers. 
  • “‘You’re driving up the cost of groceries, you’re driving up the cost of household items,’ and we’re going to call you out on that and take action by way of price gouging legislation,” Casey said. “So they’re pretty damn mad at me, but I got news for them. They should get used to it, because I’m going to continue and prosecute the case on greedflation and shrinkflation.” 
  • “AFSCME is proud to support Senator Bob Casey because he always supports us,” AFSCME Council 13 Administrator Mike Sukal said to the room of union members. “We are fired up and ready to join him in the fight for workers’ rights and against corporate greed.”
  • Thursday could not offer up a better contrast between Casey and McCormick. While Casey was meeting with the union members, McCormick was attending a fundraiser in Philadelphia that included Pennsylvania’s richest billionaire and GOP mega donor Jeffrey Yass and two fake electors who played a role in trying to overturn Pennsylvania’s 2020 presidential election results.
  • During President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address earlier this month, Casey and his work on corporate price gouging received a shoutout from the president when he mentioned Casey’s price gouging legislation. Following Thursday’s event, Casey spoke about the importance of Biden taking up corporate price gouging ahead of the upcoming presidential election. 
  • “I think it’s important for the nation to have a chance to debate these issues,” Casey said. “I think too often they’ve been kind of in the corners of academia, not on the front burner of debates about issues. It demonstrates that he’s trying, and I’m trying to kind of meet people where they are when they’re going to the grocery store week after week, paying for food or paying for household items.”
  • Dian Roy Smith, a state worker and union member, praised Casey’s support for public sector workers following the campaign rally. “It’s showing that he’s strong for the union, he’s strong for us,” Roy Smith said in an interview.