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
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