Thursday, February 21, 2008
Remarks by Anna Burger at Change to Win Presidential Endorsement Announcement
Change to Win, a partnership of seven unions representing 6 million members, is committed to restoring the American Dream for the next generation of workers.
Our members and the 40 million workers in our industries with the jobs and occupations of 21st century American economy -- are real people who work hard stocking the shelves, preparing and serving our food, picking the crops, building, cleaning and guarding the skyscrapers of our big cities. They drive our buses and trucks. They care for the sick and elderly and help us raise our children. They are the infrastructure of our society.
For them, this election is about changing America to win a better future for our children.
We want a president who shares our vision and is committed to a practical program to translate that vision into action.
Action that will fix what happens at work. Action that will help working families achieve the American Dream. Action that will:
- Protect the right of workers to have a voice in their workplaces
- Provide health care for every man, woman and child in America
- Fight for fair trade policies to promote job growth
- Create good jobs through rebuilding and expanding our nation's infrastructure
Most importantly, we want a president who shares our dream and unites Americans in building a movement for change... a movement with the power to turn that dream into reality.
Today, Change to Win is proud to endorse Senator Barack Obama.
He shares our hopes, our dreams and our determination to make a difference. His vision and inspiration has made the democratic process exciting and relevant to young and old and everyone in between. He makes us believe that by acting together we can make a difference.
Barack Obama has restored faith in the democratic process to many who lost faith in a politics that seemed of self-interest and cynicism.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Change to Win Fired Up, Ready to Go
Union Coalition Endorses Barack Obama For President
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Change to Win chair Anna Burger announced today the organization's endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for president on a news conference call with reporters, calling him the candidate with the best vision and plan to restore the American Dream for America's workers.
"For workers, this election is about changing America to win a better future for our children," said Burger. "Sen. Obama not only shares our vision and dream, he is uniting Americans in building a movement for change that will have the power to turn that dream into reality."
"He will fight to protect the right of workers to have a voice on the job, guarantee quality affordable health care, create good jobs through rebuilding and expanding our nation's infrastructure, and fight for fair trade policies to promote job growth," continued Burger.
The Change to Win endorsement activates an aggressive grassroots political effort in the upcoming primary states where Change to Win has more than half a million members. A grassroots army of thousands of volunteers and members who are the workforce of the future will help mobilize workers to vote for Obama in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island. "American Dream Teams" will knock on doors, distribute information, and talk directly to working families, in addition to making phone calls, sending out mail, and barnstorming worksites to educate and mobilize members to vote for the American Dream candidate - Barack Obama.
"Sen. Obama is building an election coalition that will bring the change this country needs to restore the American Dream for America's workers. We believe we can make a difference in helping build this new movement. With our six million members, Change to Win unions will play an important role in making sure Barack Obama is the next president of the United States. Our members are active, involved and determined to make a difference."
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Republican Minority Fails Working Families
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The following is a statement from Change to Win executive director Greg Tarpinian on the United States Senate's failure to pass the economic stimulus package.
"Yesterday the obstructionist Republican minority blocked a much needed stimulus plan that would have brought help to millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet. With the economy spiraling downward and America's working families hurting, now is not the time to short change them or the economic future.
"We applaud those who supported the Senate leadership plan. Now, we encourage the Senate leadership to continue the fight for an economic stimulus package that includes tax rebates for retired workers and veterans, an extension of unemployment insurance and improved benefits, and a temporary increase in home heating assistance in order to provide an economic jumpstart with the greatest impact. Only when our congressional leaders take bold action will we get the economy back on track and give everyone the opportunity to achieve the American Dream."
Greg Denier, 202-721-0660
Noreen Nielsen, Noreen.email@example.com
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Letter to Senators on Economic Stimulus Package
The seven unions and six million members of Change to Win urge the Senate to approve the bipartisan Senate stimulus package. At a minimum, the Senate should ensure that the final package includes two critical elements of the Finance Committee package: extension of unemployment insurance (UI) and rebate payments for those whose income consists of Social Security or veterans' disability benefits.
Working families have seen their purchasing power stripped and their economic well-being eroded by rising unemployment, declining real wages, and rising costs for necessities such as gas, housing, and health care. To be effective, a stimulus package must help those hardest hit by the economic downturn and put money into the hands of those most likely to spend it quickly. The expanded rebate provisions, extensions of UI, and increased home heating assistance in the Senate package fit both of these criteria and should be quickly enacted.
While the stimulus package is welcome, much more remains to be done to address the underlying causes of our economy's weakness and the decline in worker living standards. In the short run, Congress should pass additional stimulus measures to provide: aid to the states, funds to accelerate ready-to-go construction and neglected infrastructure repair projects, and increases in food stamps to help those struggling to pay for necessities.
Sustained economic recovery − for our country and our nation's working families − is made in working America. The purchasing power of working families, and thus economic growth, is fueled by good jobs with wages that can support a family and that provide affordable health care and adequate retirement benefits.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Burger: Change Begins Now in America
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Change to Win chair Anna Burger issued the following statement in anticipation of President Bush's final State of the Union address tonight.
"Change begins now in America. Seven years of the Bush administration has left the state of our union weaker, poorer and less prepared for the future. Our nation is facing one of most serious economic downturns in decades. Working families are struggling to make ends meet due to rising food and gas prices, home heating bills and health care costs. Real wages are declining, unemployment is rising and retirement benefits are disappearing. The Bush administration has sacrificed the needs of working men and women for the interests of the powerful and privileged.
"Now is the time to reverse the policies of the Bush administration. We need bold and immediate action from our congressional leadership to begin restoring the American Dream for all working families."
"The congressional leadership needs to develop an immediate stimulus program that will boost the purchasing power of America's working families and reinvigorate our economy. The eligibility period for unemployment insurance should be extended and benefits improved. Assistance should be provided to the states to help pay for essential programs such as Medicaid and a temporary increase in food stamp benefits, SSI benefits, and home heating assistance. We need to provide immediate help to families at risk of losing their homes due to foreclosures and falling housing prices.
"Congress must also provide a long-term vision for restoring the American Dream by developing comprehensive health care reform that combats skyrocketing health care costs and provides access to quality, affordable health care for all men, women and children.