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  • Thursday, November 10, 2005 Statement of Anna Burger, Change to Win Chair, on Delphi Move to Cut Salaries and Pensions for Workers

    Washington, DC - Delphi's decision to declare bankruptcy and drastically cut salaries and pensions for workers flies in the face of everything our country stands for. At a time when large corporations like Delphi are paying extravagant benefits packages to their top executives, it is irresponsible for those corporations to balance their budgets on the backs of working families.

    The Change to Win unions stand unanimously behind the thousands of workers at Delphi whose futures and the futures of their families have been jeopardized by this act. We support the efforts of the Mobilizing@Delphi Coalition in their fight to restore the benefits that the men and women of Delphi have worked so hard to achieve. We remain focused on uniting workers so that they are able to share in the benefits of the new economy, instead of being left behind.

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

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  • Wednesday, October 26, 2005 President Bush Agrees to Reinstate Davis-Bacon Protections for Gulf Coast Workers

    Change to Win Unions Continue to Train Workers in the Region

    Washington, DC - At a meeting today with leaders of the Republican Main Street Partnership, President Bush promised to reinstate Davis-Bacon protections for workers in the Gulf Coast region starting November 8.  The provision requires contractors on federally funded projects to pay workers the prevailing wages and benefits of the region.

    "This is the right thing to do for the families who are trying to rebuild their lives as well as their communities in the Gulf Coast," stated Anna Burger, Chair of Change to Win.  "We are grateful to the members of the Republican Main Street Partnership for their tireless work on this issue, as well as the other Democrats and Republicans who have helped to make this to happen.  We look forward to working with them on ensuring that the workers our unions are training in the area have access to jobs that provide a paycheck that can support a family once they've completed their training.  Today's act is an important step toward making that a reality, but our work is far from over for those families whose lives have been irrevocably changed."

    Terence O'Sullivan, General President of the Laborers' International Union, stated, "The same bipartisan spirit that led to the reinstatement of Davis-Bacon can and should be harnessed to push forward the adoption of responsible contracting policies at the federal and local levels to further ensure that rebuilding is done by honest, qualified and safety-conscious contractors who pay and treat workers fairly."

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  • Monday, October 17, 2005 Statement on Solidarity Charters with the AFL-CIO

    Since we left Chicago in July, the leaders of the Change to Win unions have consistently expressed their desire to continue working together at the state and local level and we have always said that we will pay our share to support joint projects.

    We've had positive discussions with the AFL-CIO during the past week and believe that that both organizations are interested in reaching an agreement that allows all locals to work together in partnership in their communities. We are hopeful that an agreement will happen soon, especially now that the AFL-CIO recognizes the right of Change to Win members to run for and hold office in state and local bodies. We look forward to further productive discussions in the weeks ahead to resolve financial issues.

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

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  • Tuesday, September 27, 2005 New Labor Federation Pledges to Carry Out Most Aggressive Organizing Campaign in 50 Years

    Anna Burger Chosen as Chair, First Time in US History a Woman Will Head a Labor Federation

    St. Louis, MO - Hundreds of working people from around the country -- members of unions that together represent nearly 6 million workers -- came together to create a new labor federation dedicated to ensuring that hard work is once again valued in the US and around the world. Change to Win, comprised of 7 unions, will be a lean organization focusing more than 75% of its budget on organizing working people.

    Over the course of its day-long founding convention, delegates ratified a constitution and structure, and passed resolutions on organizing, diversity, and politics. Anna Burger was officially designated as chair of the new federation, the first time in American history that a woman has headed a labor federation. Edgar Romney was chosen as the secretary-treasurer of the federation, the first time an African-American has headed an American labor federation. In addition, workers shared firsthand their struggles to ensure that their jobs pay enough to support a family, offer quality, affordable health care, and a retirement with dignity.

    "May the history books record that on the 27th day of September in St. Louis, delegates gathered and chose to change not just their unions, but their country," said Anna Burger, Chair of Change to Win. "Today we come together, having traveled here on separate roads with our separate proud histories, and our own union's colors, but we are all going in the same direction now. We are on the way to rekindle the American dream."

    "Strategic, smart, organizing is our core principle-our North Star," said Burger. "We will put our money where our mouth is, with three-quarters of our resources going to a groundbreaking organizing crusade."

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  • Tuesday, September 27, 2005 Founding Convention Press Conference with Anna Burger and Edgar Romney, Chair and Secretary-Treasurer of Change to Win

    St. Louis, MO - Anna Burger, Chair of Change to Win, and Edgar Romney, Secretary-Treasurer, will share their vision for Change to Win and answer questions on the founding convention at a press conference from 12:45 pm - 1:15 pm CST.

    WHO: Anna Burger, Chair of Change to Win

    Edgar Romney, Secretary-Treasurer of Change to Win

    WHEN: 12:45 pm - 1:15 pm CST, Tuesday, September 27

    WHERE: Landmark 7, Renaissance Grand Hotel, 800 Washington Ave., St. Louis

    Reporters wishing to participate by phone should call (800) 762-6568.

    The Change to Win Coalition was founded in June by unions representing more than 5 million workers, with a key focus to unite the 90 percent of workers not yet in a union so that all working people in this country can build the power to make their voices heard in their jobs, their communities, and in Washington.

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

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