Two Major PA Unions Announce Endorsement of Bob Casey for Governor in 2002

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from UFCW Local 1776 from ,SEIU Pennsylvania State Council

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The
 United Food and Commercial Workers Pennsylvania State Council, with 65,000
 members and the Service Employees International Union Pennsylvania State
 Council, representing 55,000 members, two of the largest unions in the
 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, at a news conference in Harrisburg, today
 announced that they have both endorsed Auditor General Bob Casey for Governor
 of Pennsylvania in 2002.  The endorsement of the two politically active
 unions, which represents both public and private employees in all 67 counties
 in Pennsylvania, is an example of the depth of support that Casey enjoys in
 the labor movement.
     In a statement released at the news conference, Willie Baker, UFCW
 International Vice President and Director of Region 2, Mid-Atlantic, announced
 that the nine UFCW local unions in Pennsylvania had unanimously voted to
 endorse Casey on March 20, 2001.
     "Our nine local unions collectively represent about 65,000 retail,
 meatpacking, health care, food processing and state liquor store employees
 throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania," he said.  "The diversity of our
 Union's membership reflects the needs of the voters of the state and those
 needs can best be met by electing Bob Casey Governor next year."
     Wendell W. Young, III, the President of UFCW Local 1776 and the
 Pennsylvania State Store Organizing Committee, noted that one of the reasons
 for the UFCW's endorsement of Casey was his understanding of the "concerns of
 working families in a wide rage of occupations."
     "Bob Casey has shown, through his record as Auditor General, that he
 understands the concerns of working families in a wide range of occupations,"
 he said.  "In addition, Bob Casey's continued steadfast support of our Union's
 position in opposition to the privatization of the state liquor stores is
 greatly appreciated by our membership, as is his willingness, when elected
 Governor, to finally settle a fair contract for our state liquor store
 members.  He has earned the support of all of our members."
     Joining the UFCW leaders at the news conference were Carl Clouser, a UFCW
 Shop Steward at Hanover Foods in Hanover and Pam Dunn, a UFCW Shop Steward
 representing workers at the Acme Markets store in King of Prussia.
     Both spoke of the need for a Governor who can understand the plight of
 working families struggling to survive in an uncertain economy.  Both also
 noted that the union members they represent would be taking an active role in
 helping to elect Casey by communicating, one on one, with their fellow
 workers.
     "UFCW members are fired up to get out the vote for a real friend to
 working people in Pennsylvania," said Clouser.
     "Across the state, UFCW members are lined up behind Casey," added Dunn.
 "We've made our voices heard for a Governor who will fight for working
 families."
     Representatives of the Service Employees International Union, Pennsylvania
 State Council joined with the UFCW in announcing the joint endorsement, keying
 on Bob Casey's record as an important consideration in their Union's support.
     The Secretary-Treasurer of the SEIU State Council, Eileen Connelly, who is
 also the Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU Local 1199P, noted that Casey's "record
 of accomplishment as the Auditor General, along with his demonstrated
 knowledge of the concerns of working families" were the deciding factors in
 both unions' endorsement.
     "Bob Casey understands state government like no other candidate and the
 citizens of Pennsylvania need a person with that kind of understanding to be
 their next Governor," said Connelly.  "He has a proven track record of
 performance for the citizens of the Commonwealth as Auditor General and he has
 served with a dedication and discipline that is unmatched by any other
 candidate, either declared or undeclared.  That is why he received the
 unanimous support of our Union when we met last week."
     Connelly noted that the SEIU Pennsylvania State Council had voted to
 endorse Casey on Wednesday, April 18th, at a meeting in Harrisburg.
     Joan Bruce, President of Pennsylvania Social Services Union Local 668 of
 the Service Employees International Union, echoed Connelly's comments noting
 that the Union's members are looking for a Governor who will build up the
 public's trust in the office of Governor.
     "Whether it is fighting nursing home abuses or correcting staffing
 problems at state facilities where our members work, Bob Casey has always been
 there, fighting for what is right," said Bruce.  "Our Union's members
 recognize Bob Casey's record for what it is, an example of excellent service
 that builds public trust and confidence in his abilities and his sense of
 fairness.  For Bob Casey to have earned our support this early in the election
 cycle says a lot about his ability and his empathy for working people."
     Both Young and Connelly said that their unions would be helping Casey to
 win the 2002 Primary Election by raising money to get his message out to
 voters as well as by energizing union members through their respective unions'
 programs of grassroots political education and political action.
     "This is a real endorsement and it comes with the support of both of our
 Unions' entire membership throughout Pennsylvania," said Young.  "Our unions
 will do all that it can over the next two years to ensure that Bob Casey is
 elected the next Governor of Pennsylvania."
     "We believe that Bob Casey is the best choice for the citizens of
 Pennsylvania and the working families of our Union now, and that he will be
 the best choice in the future," said Connelly.  "We are committed to his run
 for Governor for the duration of this campaign."
 
     The United Food and Commercial Workers represents a wide range of workers
 in the retail, food processing, healthcare and service industries in
 Pennsylvania.  The Pennsylvania branch is affiliated with the UFCW
 International Union, which has over 1.5 million members nationwide and in
 Canada.
     The SEIU Pennsylvania State Council represents workers in state and local
 government as well as the healthcare, service and nursing home industries in
 Pennsylvania and is affiliated with the Service Employees International Union,
 which has over 1.4 million members nationwide.
 
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SOURCE UFCW Local 1776; SEIU Pennsylvania State Council
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The
 United Food and Commercial Workers Pennsylvania State Council, with 65,000
 members and the Service Employees International Union Pennsylvania State
 Council, representing 55,000 members, two of the largest unions in the
 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, at a news conference in Harrisburg, today
 announced that they have both endorsed Auditor General Bob Casey for Governor
 of Pennsylvania in 2002.  The endorsement of the two politically active
 unions, which represents both public and private employees in all 67 counties
 in Pennsylvania, is an example of the depth of support that Casey enjoys in
 the labor movement.
     In a statement released at the news conference, Willie Baker, UFCW
 International Vice President and Director of Region 2, Mid-Atlantic, announced
 that the nine UFCW local unions in Pennsylvania had unanimously voted to
 endorse Casey on March 20, 2001.
     "Our nine local unions collectively represent about 65,000 retail,
 meatpacking, health care, food processing and state liquor store employees
 throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania," he said.  "The diversity of our
 Union's membership reflects the needs of the voters of the state and those
 needs can best be met by electing Bob Casey Governor next year."
     Wendell W. Young, III, the President of UFCW Local 1776 and the
 Pennsylvania State Store Organizing Committee, noted that one of the reasons
 for the UFCW's endorsement of Casey was his understanding of the "concerns of
 working families in a wide rage of occupations."
     "Bob Casey has shown, through his record as Auditor General, that he
 understands the concerns of working families in a wide range of occupations,"
 he said.  "In addition, Bob Casey's continued steadfast support of our Union's
 position in opposition to the privatization of the state liquor stores is
 greatly appreciated by our membership, as is his willingness, when elected
 Governor, to finally settle a fair contract for our state liquor store
 members.  He has earned the support of all of our members."
     Joining the UFCW leaders at the news conference were Carl Clouser, a UFCW
 Shop Steward at Hanover Foods in Hanover and Pam Dunn, a UFCW Shop Steward
 representing workers at the Acme Markets store in King of Prussia.
     Both spoke of the need for a Governor who can understand the plight of
 working families struggling to survive in an uncertain economy.  Both also
 noted that the union members they represent would be taking an active role in
 helping to elect Casey by communicating, one on one, with their fellow
 workers.
     "UFCW members are fired up to get out the vote for a real friend to
 working people in Pennsylvania," said Clouser.
     "Across the state, UFCW members are lined up behind Casey," added Dunn.
 "We've made our voices heard for a Governor who will fight for working
 families."
     Representatives of the Service Employees International Union, Pennsylvania
 State Council joined with the UFCW in announcing the joint endorsement, keying
 on Bob Casey's record as an important consideration in their Union's support.
     The Secretary-Treasurer of the SEIU State Council, Eileen Connelly, who is
 also the Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU Local 1199P, noted that Casey's "record
 of accomplishment as the Auditor General, along with his demonstrated
 knowledge of the concerns of working families" were the deciding factors in
 both unions' endorsement.
     "Bob Casey understands state government like no other candidate and the
 citizens of Pennsylvania need a person with that kind of understanding to be
 their next Governor," said Connelly.  "He has a proven track record of
 performance for the citizens of the Commonwealth as Auditor General and he has
 served with a dedication and discipline that is unmatched by any other
 candidate, either declared or undeclared.  That is why he received the
 unanimous support of our Union when we met last week."
     Connelly noted that the SEIU Pennsylvania State Council had voted to
 endorse Casey on Wednesday, April 18th, at a meeting in Harrisburg.
     Joan Bruce, President of Pennsylvania Social Services Union Local 668 of
 the Service Employees International Union, echoed Connelly's comments noting
 that the Union's members are looking for a Governor who will build up the
 public's trust in the office of Governor.
     "Whether it is fighting nursing home abuses or correcting staffing
 problems at state facilities where our members work, Bob Casey has always been
 there, fighting for what is right," said Bruce.  "Our Union's members
 recognize Bob Casey's record for what it is, an example of excellent service
 that builds public trust and confidence in his abilities and his sense of
 fairness.  For Bob Casey to have earned our support this early in the election
 cycle says a lot about his ability and his empathy for working people."
     Both Young and Connelly said that their unions would be helping Casey to
 win the 2002 Primary Election by raising money to get his message out to
 voters as well as by energizing union members through their respective unions'
 programs of grassroots political education and political action.
     "This is a real endorsement and it comes with the support of both of our
 Unions' entire membership throughout Pennsylvania," said Young.  "Our unions
 will do all that it can over the next two years to ensure that Bob Casey is
 elected the next Governor of Pennsylvania."
     "We believe that Bob Casey is the best choice for the citizens of
 Pennsylvania and the working families of our Union now, and that he will be
 the best choice in the future," said Connelly.  "We are committed to his run
 for Governor for the duration of this campaign."
 
     The United Food and Commercial Workers represents a wide range of workers
 in the retail, food processing, healthcare and service industries in
 Pennsylvania.  The Pennsylvania branch is affiliated with the UFCW
 International Union, which has over 1.5 million members nationwide and in
 Canada.
     The SEIU Pennsylvania State Council represents workers in state and local
 government as well as the healthcare, service and nursing home industries in
 Pennsylvania and is affiliated with the Service Employees International Union,
 which has over 1.4 million members nationwide.
 
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