2014

Largest Philadelphia City Workers' Union Endorses Bob Casey for Governor; AFSCME District Council 33 Represents 12,000 Workers Opposed to Rendell Candidacy

    PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The largest city workers union in
 Philadelphia, AFSCME District Council 33, today officially announced its
 endorsement of Auditor General Bob Casey for Governor of Pennsylvania.  The
 union represents over 12,000 city workers, all of whom once worked for the
 other Democratic candidate, Ed Rendell.
     Pete Matthews, the President of District Council 33, introduced Bob Casey
 to a packed house of AFSCME delegates and members at the union's headquarters
 at 30th and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia.
     He noted that it was the union's responsibility to inform its members and
 the voters of Pennsylvania of the truth about Ed Rendell's record in the City.
 Matthews reminded the delegates and members attending the endorsement rally
 how Ed Rendell was "the person responsible for the terrible contract we got in
 1992."  He said that the District Council unanimously endorsed Bob Casey when
 they had the opportunity to compare his record as Auditor General with that of
 Rendell, whose record was much more familiar to them as City workers.
     "For our District Council 33 members the choice was clear.  Ed Rendell was
 the Mayor who did great harm to our members and their families in the contract
 of 1992 and Bob Casey, by his record, has proven himself to be a true friend
 of the working families of Pennsylvania," said Matthews.  "We cannot allow Ed
 Rendell to do to the working families and public employees of Pennsylvania
 what he did to us here in Philadelphia."
     Matthews pledged to "throw all the resources we have available" into the
 effort to elect Bob Casey Governor and to make sure that "all of the members
 of District Council 33 and their families are informed and motivated to vote
 for Bob Casey in the Primary Election next May."
     District Council 33 represents over 12,000 blue-collar workers in various
 operating departments of the City of Philadelphia, including the Water
 Department, the Streets Department, School Crossing Guards, Fairmount Park,
 the Recreation Department, the Revenue Department as well as the Health
 Department, Fleet Maintenance, and the Philadelphia Housing, Redevelopment,
 Commerce, and civilian employees in the Police, Fire, District Attorney and
 Parking Authorities.
 
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SOURCE AFSCME District Council 33

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