Pennsylvania AFSCME Unites to Announce Endorsement of Senator Arlen Specter

    PHILADELPHIA, July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The largest Pennsylvania AFL-CIO
 union, Council 13 AFSCME, today joined with AFSCME Council 47, AFSCME Council
 33, and the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees
 (NUHHCE/AFSCME) to announce AFSCME's endorsement of the reelection of U.S.
 Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA).  These four AFSCME entities, combined, represent
 more than 100,000 Pennsylvania working men and women and Sen. Specter was on
 hand to accept the endorsement.
     Union leaders praised Sen. Specter's proven track record of advocating on
 behalf of workers.  "He has consistently supported workers on important issues
 like the comp time bill, minimum wage increases," said Council 13 Executive
 Director Edward J. Keller.  Specter opposes right-to-work, and striker
 replacement legislation, and major cuts in Social Security and Medicare, and
 supports funding for education.
     Speakers at the event included Senator Specter, AFSCME Council 13
 Executive Director J. Keller, NUHHCE President Henry Nicholas, AFSCME Council
 47 Director Thomas Cronin, and AFSCME Council 33 President Pete Matthews.
     Event:     AFSCME Pennsylvania, representing some 100,000 workers,
                 announced unanimous endorsement of Republican Senator Arlen
     Date/Time: Monday July 20; 10:30 a.m.
     Location:  Independence Hall, outside main entrance (Chestnut St., between
                 5th and 6th Streets) Philadelphia.


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