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  • Monday, January 9, 2006 Burger: Minimum Wage Increase is an Important Step toward Restoring the American Dream

    Change to Win Unions to Continue to Fight for a Livable Wage for all Workers

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    January 6, 2006

    On behalf of the seven unions and six million working men and women who make up the Change to Win Coalition, I wish to send our condolences to the families and friends of the 12 miners who lost their lives in Sago, West Virginia. We are deeply saddened by this senseless tragedy.

    The Sago disaster is tragic on many levels - and likely never would have happened had the workers been protected by a union contract. A Mine Workers contract would have given them the right to speak out and protect themselves from working under the kind of conditions that prevailed at Sago.

    The Sago mine is owned by a corporate profiteer who preys on failing companies. Wilbur Ross bought the company last year after the former owner went bankrupt. The company became attractive to Ross after it used the bankruptcy court to shed its retiree health care obligations and had its pension plan bailed out by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Ross has done the same thing at LTV and Bethlehem Steel. There are reports that he is now eyeing Delphi.

    More and more, corporations today are turning to bankruptcy court as a way of breaking their promises to workers. There are now 150 major corporations in some stage of bankruptcy reorganization, including four of the major airlines. Federal bankruptcy court has become the method of choice for dismantling union contracts and eliminating benefits. And people like Ross are making millions by breaking those promises.

    Under Ross' ownership, the mine has had numerous safety violations. There have been three cave-ins at the mine since late November. As a result, the company was issued three citations in December for serious violations. Another December inspection led to six more serious violations. The mine has received 270 citations in the last two years.

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  • Monday, December 19, 2005 Change to Win Pledges Support to NYC Transit Workers

    December 19, 2005

    Roger Toussaint
    TWU Local 100
    80 West End Avenue
    New York, NY 10023

    Dear Brother Toussaint:

    I am writing to express the full support of Change to Win federation for your struggle for a just contract at the New York City Transit Authority.

    Our federation, with unions representing nearly six million workers, stands with the TWU and the entire New York City labor movement in this struggle to preserve health care and retirement security for your members. We know that your fight is our fight and that the future of the American Dream is at stake.

    Change to Win affiliates in New York City are currently engaged in the support effort and will be encouraged to do whatever it takes in the coming days to help you bring it to victory. Please feel free to call me to alert me as to how we can be of further assistance.

    In unity,

    Anna Burger

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  • Wednesday, December 14, 2005 Change to Win Opposes Nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court

    Detroit, MI - After a thorough review of his record, the Change to Win Leadership Council unanimously passed a resolution yesterday opposing the nomination of Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court.

    Alito's views, often written as dissenting opinions that were rejected by his colleagues on the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, include severely restricting a worker's ability to combat discrimination in the workplace, limiting the government's ability to act on behalf of working families, and curtailing the rights of immigrants.

    "Alito's workplace would be one where worker rights would be severely curtailed," said Anna Burger, Chair of Change to Win. "Alito's judicial record indicates he would side with those who would deny workers a real voice on the job. Change to Win stands for worker rights that Alito would oppose and we will work with our allies to stop him from ascending to the Supreme Court."

    President Bush's nomination of Alito, the Change to Win Executive Committee resolution reads, "presents the country with a stark choice about the kind of justice we desire." After reviewing Alito's stridently conservative judicial ideology that would undermine important federal protections for workers, it describes his views as "outside of the judicial mainstream," and concludes, "America's working families deserve and demand a Supreme Court justice who will protect our rights. Samuel Alito would not be such a justice."

    Michael Yellin, 212-714-1677, ext. 203

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  • Wednesday, November 16, 2005 Statement of Anna Burger, Change to Win Chair, on Agreement with AFL-CIO

    Washington, DC - The agreement reached between Change to Win and the AFL-CIO represents a step forward for workers. Change to Win has always encouraged our local affiliates to participate in state and local bodies, and the fact is that they have continued to do so in the absence of an agreement at the national level. This protocol for participation that we've now agreed to nationally explicitly approves of what had been happening all along.

    The end result is that the Change to Win local unions who want to partner with the state and local level with state federations and central bodies will be equal partners with the AFL-CIO affiliated locals. And at the national level, Change to Win and the AFL-CIO will each pursue our own strategies for giving workers a voice in their jobs and communities.

    Stephanie Mueller, 202-730-7842 or 202-256-0833

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