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Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Welcomes Senator Specter’s Return to the Democratic Party and Will Continue to Encourage Him To Reconsider his Decision on the Employee Free Choice Act.

04.28.09

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Welcomes Senator Specter’s Return to the Democratic Party and Will Continue to Encourage Him To Reconsider his Decision on the Employee Free Choice Act.

Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Bill George said today that working men and women of Pennsylvania are pleased with Senator Arlen Specter’s decision to re-join the Democratic Party which has traditionally been the party of working Pennsylvanians. “Working people are turned off by extremist slash and burn politics and intimidation which are dominating the Republican leadership and are inconsistent with the views of the working people of Pennsylvania and with the philosophy and style of Senator Arlen Specter. The majority of working men and women support moderation and fairness in finding common sense solutions to our problems. We look forward to continuing an open and honest debate with Senator Specter about the issues that matter most to working Pennsylvanians; putting America and Pennsylvania back to work in good jobs that sustain families and communities; quality, affordable health care for all; making it easier for workers who want a union to have one; and fair trade policies that protect and promote good jobs for working families and strong communities. The politics of fear and intimidation is a failure in the political arena and is a failure in our workplaces when workers try to organize unions to bargain for a better life. We will encourage Senator Specter to reconsider his decision on the Employee Free Choice Act and the Freedom to Organize without fear and intimidation by corporations and their hired union busters. We do not evaluate candidates based upon party affiliations. Our evaluations are based upon the voting records and positions of candidates on issues that matter most to working Pennsylvanians.” We will continue to evaluate Senator Arlen Specter’s future votes.

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