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  • Tuesday, September 23, 2008 No Bailout Without Adequate Protections For Working Families

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The following is a statement of principle from the Change to Win Leadership Council on the Treasury Department's bailout plan.

    "For most working families, the economy has been in a meltdown for quite some time: they have seen their jobs outsourced, their wages decline, their benefits disappear, their homes foreclosed and the American Dream becoming more remote.

    "Now, the Bush Administration wants us to pick up the tab to bail out Wall Street, with no strings attached. Congress should not give the Administration a blank check. It needs to structure a bailout plan that will actually work to stabilize the financial sector without leaving taxpayers holding the bag. And it needs to provide relief to the real victims of this crisis -- the working families whose homes are now at risk of foreclosure.

    "Accordingly, Change to Win believes that the following principles must govern any bailout plan, and that Senator Dodd's proposal provides a good starting point."

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  • Tuesday, September 16, 2008 Seven Houses for Just One Family?

    Workers Ask John McCain to Open His Homes to Foreclosure Victims

    As Economic and Housing Crises Worsen, Workers Unite to Hold John McCain Accountable
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    Protest Comes as McCain and Palin Face Greater Scrutiny on Housing Issues

    ARLINGTON, VA -- Workers today called on Senator John McCain to open his home to families facing foreclosure at a protest outside his luxury condo in Crystal City, VA. The event, sponsored by labor and community groups, was designed to highlight the growing disconnect between Senator McCain and the challenges facing working families across the country. The action culminated with the construction of a tent city across the street from McCain's condo -- one of seven homes he and his wife own around the country. The rally was the first in a series of coordinated demonstrations that will take place in six cities around the country this week.

    The protest comes as the housing and unemployment crises have reached new heights. As major banks announce bankruptcy, seek bridge loans, and pursue buyouts, average Americans watch the value of their homes plummet as their mortgage payments soar. A record 1.2 million houses were in foreclosure during the second quarter of 2008. Last week the federal government announced the takeover of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, fueling renewed fears about the housing market. In August, employers nationwide cut 84,000 jobs and the national unemployment rate rose to a five-year high of 6.1 percent. These blows to the economy come in the eighth year of George W. Bush's tenure as president. One of the president's most vocal supporters, Senator McCain has voted with Bush on economic and other issues 90 percent of the time, and plans to continue many of these policies if elected.

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  • Tuesday, September 9, 2008 Unions Launch National Talk Change At Work Week

    America's Fastest Growing Labor Group to Blitz Worksites Nationwide

    Over One Million Workers to be Contacted on the Job over Next Seven Days

    WASHINGTON, DC -- Change to Win, a partnership of seven unions representing six million workers, today launched it largest worksite outreach program ever, National Talk Change at Work Week.

    Change to Win Chair Anna Burger said, "It is crucial that workers talk to each other about this election, because their choice come November will be instrumental in whether their kids go to college, whether they have access to quality, affordable health care, whether they can retire with dignity. We know that contacting workers on the job is the most effective way to communicate where candidates stand on the issues, and that's why National Talk Change at Work Week is such a vitally important program."

    Over the next seven days, Change to Win members will spend time talking with their co-workers about how John McCain and Barack Obama differ on the issues that are most important for working Americans in this election, such as health care, pension security, the housing crisis, and unemployment. During this week's blitz, over a million workers will receive information on John McCain's record of voting with George Bush 90% of the time, his stances on health care, trade, and the economy.

    Burger said, "John McCain wants to continue the failed anti-working family policies of the Bush Administration, and America's workers simply can not afford four more years of their work being undervalued, their economic security being threatened, and their hope for achieving the American Dream slipping away. McCain's record on minimum wage, on health care, on job creation, and on the housing crisis clearly shows he is a candidate who supports Wall Street over Main Street, big business over working Americans, at every chance he gets."

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  • Friday, September 5, 2008 Unions Hit The Ground Running After GOP Convention

    Change To Win Continues Nationwide Truth Campaign on John McCain

    Online Video Series "Real McCain of Genius" Showcases Out-of-Touch McCain through Bud Light Parody

    Truth Squad to Hit Six New Battleground States in One Month

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new campaign by the seven unions and six million members of Change to Win is challenging the anti-worker agenda championed by John McCain at the Republican National Convention.

    Part of a multifaceted, multimedia effort launched in August, Change to Win is continuing the McCain Truth Squad tour, updating its new website, www.worsethanbush.org, and premiering "Real McCain of Genius," the first in a two-part online video series. The videos highlight ways John McCain is out of touch with working Americans using a parody of the Bud Light ad, "Real Men of Genius."

    The Truth Squad of nine workers also continues its journey this week, launching its second leg in St. Paul, Minnesota with a response to the GOP Convention. The Squad is traveling through three states using direct action and creative events to educate union members on controversial McCain policies including his Bush inspired voting record, negligence on national flood disasters, and lack of support for America's firefighters.

    "The real McCain would be a real disaster for America's workers," said Anna Burger, Chair of Change to Win. "What we saw in St. Paul was not the change Americans need, but the nomination of a candidate who has voted with George W. Bush 90 percent of the time. After seven years of failed economic policies resulting in millions of lost jobs, lost homes and lost access to health care, working families have had enough. The Change to Win Truth Squad is traveling the country so America's workers see that behind John McCain's self-proclaimed maverick style lies a Washington insider running on an agenda for a third Bush term."

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  • Tuesday, September 2, 2008 McCain Campaign: Out of Touch

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Change to Win executive director Chris Chafe released the following statement in response to remarks made today by top McCain campaign advisors Rick Davis and Phil Gramm. Earlier today, Davis told Washington Post editors that, "[T]his election is not about issues. This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates." And while speaking at an event in Minneapolis during the Republican National Convention, Gramm stated, "If you're sitting here today, you're not economically illiterate and you're not a whiner, so I'm not worried about who you're going to vote for.''

    "The remarks made today by top McCain advisors Rick Davis and Phil Gramm shows just how out of touch the McCain campaign is with working America.

    "As workers watch their wages erode and health and retirement benefits disappear, the best the McCain campaign can do is coin them whiners and tell them their issues don't matter. But personality and name-calling won't help the 37 million Americans currently living in poverty.

    "Perhaps if McCain's campaign advisors were paying attention, they'd notice from the record high turnouts and increased enthusiasm among voters this election season that Americans are hungry for change -- change in their paychecks, change in their health benefits, and a change from the policies of the past eight years.

    "The seven unions and six million members of Change to Win are committing record amounts of time, money and energy to this election to put Barack Obama in the White House and pro-worker majorities in the U.S. Congress to help create a new American Dream for America's workers."

    Contact: 

    Greg Denier, 202-721-0660

    Noreen Nielsen, Noreen.nielsen@changetowin.org

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