Leaders of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Pennsylvania released the following statement upon learning about the death of Senator Arlen Specter:
“Our union is saddened to hear of Senator Specter’s passing. Senator Specter was a strong independent voice for Pennsylvania and an ally to our union on many important issues including raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment benefits, and improving access to health care for low income families and the uninsured.
“Senator Specter put people before partisanship and was the kind of moderate statesman that we could use more of in today’s Congress. We will remember him for his leadership and numerous contributions to Pennsylvania during his decades of service. We offer our thoughts and prayers to his family in this difficult time for them.”