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Arlen Specter's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Labor Unions

Labor Unions

2010 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 100%
2010 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 100%
2010 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 100%
2010 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 100%
2009-2010 Communications Workers of America - Positions 83%
2009-2010 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 100%
2009-2010 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 18%
2009-2010 National Farmers Union - Positions 83%
2009-2010 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 95%
2009 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 69%
2009 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 83%
2009 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Score 62%
2009 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 91%
2009 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 80%
2009 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 100%
2009 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 75%
2009 United Auto Workers - Positions 86%
2009 Women Employed - Positions 100%
2008 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 70%
2008 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Score 61%
2008 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 56%
2008 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Lifetime Score 54%
2008 Center for Worker Freedom - Positions 25%
2008 Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania - Positions 100%
2008 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 75%
2008 Latin America Working Group - Positions 33%
2008 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 75%
2008 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers - Positions 40
2008 Utility Workers Union of America - Positions 100%
2007-2008 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions 61%
2007-2008 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 71%
2007-2008 National Farmers Union - Family Farm Advocacy Score 66
2007-2008 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 70%
2007 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 85%
2007 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 68%
2007 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 71%
2007 Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers - Positions 100%
2007 Center for Worker Freedom - Positions 0%
2007 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 60%
2007 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 100
2007 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 41%
2007 United Auto Workers - Positions 77%
2007 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers - Positions 33
2007 Utility Workers Union of America - Positions 50
2006 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 31%
2006 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 33%
2006 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 60%
2006 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 40%
2006 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 62%
2006 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 60%
2006 United Auto Workers - Positions 38%
2005-2006 American Road and Transportation Builders Association - Positions 80%
2005-2006 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions 71%
2005-2006 National Farmers Union - Positions 33%
2005 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 33%
2005 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 46%
2005 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 29%
2005 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 60%
2005 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 50%
2005 International Sleep Products Association - Positions 100%
2005 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 42%
2005 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 60%
2005 United Auto Workers - Positions 50%
2005 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers - Positions 33%
2004 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 64%
2004 American Postal Workers Union - Positions 64%
2004 Communications Workers of America - Positions 60%
2004 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 83%
2004 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 80%
2004 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 67%
2004 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 40%
2004 United Auto Workers - Positions 64%
2004 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers - Positions 33%
2003-2004 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 44%
2003-2004 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 45%
2003-2004 American Road and Transportation Builders Association - Positions 38%
2003-2004 Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers - Positions 23%
2003-2004 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions 57%
2003-2004 National Farmers Union - Positions 33%
2003 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 46%
2003 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 45%
2003 Communications Workers of America - Positions 29%
2003 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 67%
2003 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 71%
2003 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions 55%
2003 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 33%
2003 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 86%
2003 United Auto Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights 25%
2003 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers - Positions 33%
2002 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 38%
2002 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 46%
2002 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 38%
2002 Communications Workers of America - Positions 57%
2002 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 0%
2002 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 50%
2002 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 50%
2002 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 40%
2002 United Auto Workers - Positions 42%
2002 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers - Positions 29%
2001-2002 American Postal Workers Union - Positions 40%
2001-2002 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions 75%
2001-2002 National Farmers Union - Positions 50%
2001 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 60%
2001 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 63%
2001 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 42%
2001 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 62%
2001 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 90%
2001 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 43%
2001 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 91%
2001 United Auto Workers - Positions 57%
2001 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers - Positions 29%
2001 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 25%
2000 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 75%
2000 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 50%
2000 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 57%
2000 Communications Workers of America - Positions 83%
2000 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 100%
2000 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 42%
2000 United Auto Workers - Positions 58%
2000 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers - Positions 43%
1999-2000 National Farmers Union - Positions 50%
1999 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 72%
1999 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 46%
1999 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 50%
1999 Communications Workers of America - Positions 50%
1999 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 50%
1999 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 57%
1999 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 36%
1999 United Auto Workers - Positions 54%
1999 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers - Positions 33%
1998 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 86%
1998 Communications Workers of America - Positions 67%
1998 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 50%
1998 National Farmers Union - Positions 56%
1998 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 80%
1998 United Auto Workers - Positions 75%
1997-2008 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers - Lifetime Score 34%
1997-1998 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 100%
1997 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 67%
1997 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 57%
1997 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 56%
1997 Communications Workers of America - Positions 57%
1997 National Farmers Union - Positions 71%
1997 United Auto Workers - Positions 50%
1997 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 83%
1996 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 55%
1996 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 29%
1996 Communications Workers of America - Positions on Workplace Rights 25%
1996 National Farmers Union - Positions 33%
1996 United Auto Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights 39%
1996 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 69%
1995 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 12%
1995 National Farmers Union - Positions 30%
1995 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 40%
1995 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights 19%
1994 National Farmers Union - Family Farm Advocacy Score 44%
1994 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 60%
1993 National Farmers Union - Positions 44%
1993 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights 38%
1991 American Postal Workers Union - Positions 80%
1989-1990 National Federation of Federal Employees - Positions 88%
1989 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 58%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Project Vote Smart displays all known interest group ratings for each candidate and official, regardless of issue or bias.

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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