Gov. Tom Corbett left off Pittsburgh Labor Day parade guest list



PITTSBURGH - The city of Pittsburgh hosts its annual Labor Day parade every year, but this year a major political figure has been left off the guest list.

Organizers of the event said they did not want Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett to march in the parade because he doesn’t support issues important to the Allegheny County Labor Council.

Corbett is scheduled to speak with members of the laborers union during a private event after the parade.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf was chosen lead Monday’s festivities.

The union representatives said Wolf embodies the parade's theme: fair wages for all workers.

“He's the labor-endorsed candidate for governor,” said Marty Marks, spokesman for the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.

Corbett campaign spokesman Billy Pitman said the governor has had good relationship with boilermakers and laborers unions during his tenure. He will attend Labor Day rallies with those unions.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Centre Avenue and Grant Street. It will proceed along Grant to the reviewing stand outside the United Steelworkers of America building on the Boulevard of Allies. Organizers expect 60,000 people to participate.