PHILADELPHIA, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) is demanding an apology from Pennsylvania State House candidate Madeline Dean for inappropriate remarks made to an African-American OPEIU member who was campaigning for her opponent Nick Mattiacci on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Both Dean and Mattiacci are running to fill Democrat Josh Shapiro's District 153 House Seat.
"We are outraged with the Madeline Dean campaign and in particular, Robin Beall, a representative of the campaign, who had the audacity to approach an African-American member of my delegation and question him on who he was and what he was doing in the community," said OPEIU International President Michael Goodwin. "He was very respectful to Ms. Beall despite her inappropriate behavior, yet she found it necessary to publicly refer to him as nasty, threatening, and a 'thug'."
Goodwin said OPEIU is demanding an apology "to me, my delegation, and to Nick Mattiacci for this outrageous behavior."
The Office and Professional Employees International Union represents more than 108,000 members in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. OPEIU represents employees and independent contractors in banking and credit unions, insurance, higher education, shipping, hospitals, medical clinics, utilities, transportation, hotels, administrative offices and more.
Professional organizations and Guilds affiliated with OPEIU are a diverse group that includes physicians, pharmacists, chiropractors, appraisers, podiatrists, clinical social workers, hypnotists, teachers, minor league baseball umpires and helicopter pilots.
SOURCE Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU)