HARRISBURG, Pa., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The largest Pennsylvania AFL-CIO union, Council 13 AFSCME, today announced its endorsements of the reelections of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, and Lieutenant-Governor Mark Schweiker. AFSCME represents approximately 76,000 public employees and health care workers in Pennsylvania, including some 56,000 state employees. "Governor Ridge has earned, and deserves AFSCME's endorsement," said Council 13 AFSCME Executive Director, Edward J. Keller, "because Tom Ridge over the last three and a half years as Governor has treated state employees with fairness and decency, and demonstrated a healthy respect for the collective bargaining process and a healthy respect for state employees and the work that they do." Keller said AFSCME has never endorsed a Republican for election or reelection as Governor, but is endorsing Ridge "based on what he has done as Governor which evidences his commitment to a labor-management forum and agenda which brings decency, equity and fairness to state employees represented by this union." Keller said that although AFSCME and Governor Ridge typically have not agreed on all issues, "Based on his past performance, Governor Ridge has earned and deserves the endorsement of this union for reelection because of what we've been able to accomplish through the collective bargaining process and other labor-management forums." Keller also noted that AFSCME members believe many of Governor Ridge's initiatives have significantly helped their families. AFSCME's statewide political endorsements are made by its Statewide Political Action Steering Committee, whose members, Keller said, "represent the sentiments of the decisive majority of AFSCME members."
SOURCE AFSCME Council 13