PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Pete Matthews, the President of AFSCME District Council 33, today announced that his union would not be participating in the Labor Day parade and events scheduled for Penn's Landing next Monday. Matthews noted that District Council 33's decision not to participate was based on a concern that the day's events were "too political" and could be misinterpreted as an endorsement for a candidate for Mayor of Philadelphia. "We here at AFSCME District Council 33 have always viewed Labor Day as a time for us to celebrate the Labor Movement and our collective accomplishments on behalf of the working families of America," said Matthews. "We mean no disrespect to Philadelphia AFL-CIO President Pat Eiding and the other unions who are involved in putting together the Labor Day events. However, for District Council 33, this year's event appears to be too political. Since we have not made an endorsement for mayor as of yet, we decided that it would be better if we didn't participate in this event." AFSCME District Council 33, representing over 13,000 city workers and retirees, did not support either John Street or Sam Katz in the last mayoral election in 1999, preferring instead to concentrate on City Council races. The Union will invite both candidates in this year's election to attend a political forum at District Council 33. "If we do decide to endorse a candidate for mayor, our support will be extensive and it will based on that candidate's commitment to do the right thing for our members, retirees and the community," said Matthews.
SOURCE AFSCME District Council 33