The union representing the state's wine and spirits store clerks is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to take on Gov. Corbett and his quest to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania.
The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1776, headed by Wendell W. Young IV, will start airing a tough ad statewide that calls Corbett's privatization push a "reckless scheme" that will raise taxes, cost thousands of jobs and "destroy small businesses."
Not only that, the ad alleges, but the administration's "reckless scheme will put alcohol on every street corner and increase crime."
The ad, which will air on both television and radio starting Friday, will be up as long as the Senate continues debate on a bill that would gradually close Pennsylvania's 600-plus State Stores while allowing private entrepreneurs - starting with beer distributors -- to sell wine and hard liquor. As it stands legislatively, that bill has passed the House of Representatives, and is now in the Senate's Law and Justice Committee, where it is widely expected to be changed.