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
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