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  • Friday, September 26, 2008 Change to Win Demands Action On Main Street Concerns in Wall Street Bailout

    Grassroots Reject Bailout According To Union Leaders

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- One of the largest organizations of working Americans, Change to Win, called for rejection of Bush's $700 billion welfare for Wall Street plan today, and demanded immediate Congressional action to create a financial rescue plan that addresses the concerns and needs of Main Street.

    "Grassroots Americans are rising up and they are mad as hell. Members of Congress need to listen to the voices of the people of Main Street -- they think this bailout of Wall Street stinks," said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. "Our proposal is in line with what the majority of Americans want right now -- to restore financial stability, provide relief to homeowners, pass economic stimulus legislation to create more jobs and protect the pension plans of average Americans."

    The Change to Win immediate action program calls for:

    • Revision of bankruptcy laws to allow judges to restructure mortgages and interest rates to keep working families in their homes
    • Pension Fund eligibility for participation in any financial rescue plan
    • Economic stimulus legislation including extended unemployment benefits, funding of infrastructure projects and assistance for state and local governments to prevent devastating cuts in essential public services.

    "The congressional Republican leadership as well as John McCain have walked away from their responsibility to working families. They have no plan. They have no ideas. We are calling on the Democratic leadership in Congress to act now to revive the economy -- and, finally renew working Americans' faith in their government," said Bruce Raynor, General President of UNITE HERE.

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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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