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  • Tuesday, August 26, 2008 Remarks by Anna Burger to the 2008 Democratic National Convention

    Denver, Colorado

    I grew up in Levittown, Pennsylvania in the 1950s believing in the American Dream.

    My mom was a nurse, working the evening shift.

    My dad, a Teamster truck driver, was permanently disabled in a terrible accident when I was nine.

    Dad's social security and Medicare -- and Mom's enormous strength -- allowed my sisters, brother and me to stay together and even go to college without being buried by debt.

    After I got my first union job, my dad gave me some good advice:

    Dad said, "Anna, stick to the union, it's what makes a difference for working people like us."

    Unions are the best all-in-one program for working families that America ever had -- and it didn't cost the taxpayers a dime.

    My dad was right.

    Unions help ordinary people, like me, like Pauline Beck, like truck drivers, nurses and retail, factory, office and construction workers who work hard to find a way to own a home, raise a family, send their kids to college and retire with dignity.

    Our unions always help us pass on to our kids a better life than our own.

    And we call the legacy the American Dream.

    But today, the dream is fading.

    After eight years of George W. Bush, work hours are up but wages are down.

    And John McCain is offering more of the same.

    The gap between the rich and the rest of America - it's staggering and growing.

    And John McCain is offering more of the same.

    Nine in 10 workers have no union, while health care costs are exploding, pensions wiped out, job security a thing of the past.

    Working people in this country can't afford more of the same.

    But that's exactly what John McCain's offering -- more of the same.

    Brothers and sisters, it is time for change, and I stand here today to tell you that working people all around this country know Barack Obama will bring the change we need.

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  • Monday, August 25, 2008 The Deciding Vote 2008: America's Workers Ready to Vote for Obama

    American Dream Frames Economic Agenda for Working Families

    DENVER, CO. -- Barack Obama can capture the votes of America's workers, including so-called Reagan Democrats, with a strong message of economic populism and sharp contrasts with McCain on taxes, health care, trade and corporate power according to a new survey conducted by Lake Research Partners and released today at a news briefing at the 2008 Democratic National Convention by Change to Win.

    "The American Dream defines both a value system and a broad economic reform agenda focused on jobs with wages that can support families, affordable health care, retirement security and opportunity for a better future," said pollster Celinda Lake. "Workers see the Dream at risk and want government action to create a new infrastructure for a new American Dream. They want a candidate who is not controlled by big corporations, and who will support progressive taxes, limits on corporate power, worker rights and proactive government."

    Reagan Democrats, the key swing vote since 1980, have moved overwhelmingly to Obama. The American Dream is the cornerstone of their support with strong majorities seeing Obama as best representing the American Dream values and vision.

    Overall, workers are abandoning the conservative view that government is the problem, and now are demanding government reform and believe government must be part of the solution. They believe Obama understands their struggles; and has a better vision for restoring the American Dream, and is more likely to improve wages and working conditions.

    Among white workers, Obama and McCain are in a tight battle, but on core economic issues and values, Obama maintains a significant advantage. Senator Obama can win their votes with a clear message of economic recovery and renewal of the American Dream.

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  • Monday, August 25, 2008 The American Dream: Survey, August 2008

    On August 25, 2008, at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, Change to Win released the findings of its latest American Dream Survey. The survey found that levels of economic anxiety among working Americans had increased even further -- and that workers would be supportive of efforts by Barack Obama to restore the American Dream.

    Press release: America's Workers Ready to Vote for Obama

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  • Monday, August 25, 2008 The Deciding Vote 2008: America's Workers Ready to Vote for Obama

    American Dream Frames Economic Agenda for Working Families

    DENVER, CO. -- Barack Obama can capture the votes of America's workers, including so-called Reagan Democrats, with a strong message of economic populism and sharp contrasts with McCain on taxes, health care, trade and corporate power according to a new survey conducted by Lake Research Partners and released today at a news briefing at the 2008 Democratic National Convention by Change to Win.

    "The American Dream defines both a value system and a broad economic reform agenda focused on jobs with wages that can support families, affordable health care, retirement security and opportunity for a better future," said pollster Celinda Lake. "Workers see the Dream at risk and want government action to create a new infrastructure for a new American Dream. They want a candidate who is not controlled by big corporations, and who will support progressive taxes, limits on corporate power, worker rights and proactive government."

    Reagan Democrats, the key swing vote since 1980, have moved overwhelmingly to Obama. The American Dream is the cornerstone of their support with strong majorities seeing Obama as best representing the American Dream values and vision.

    Overall, workers are abandoning the conservative view that government is the problem, and now are demanding government reform and believe government must be part of the solution. They believe Obama understands their struggles; and has a better vision for restoring the American Dream, and is more likely to improve wages and working conditions.

    Among white workers, Obama and McCain are in a tight battle, but on core economic issues and values, Obama maintains a significant advantage. Senator Obama can win their votes with a clear message of economic recovery and renewal of the American Dream.

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  • Saturday, August 23, 2008 Burger: Biden A Great Choice For American Workers And Labor

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The following is a statement from Change to Win chair Anna Burger regarding presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's announcement today of Senator Joe Biden as his running mate for the 2008 election.

    "Change to Win members and leaders are excited to see Senator Biden added to a winning Obama team. Joe Biden is a great choice for American workers and labor. He was raised in a hard working family and has always led with the values and work ethic that he learned growing up in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Joe Biden has been a friend to working Americans throughout his public life, standing up and fighting alongside us for the right to organize, for living wages, for family and medical leave, for safe workplaces, and for a strong social security system. He respects the dignity of all work and all people.

    "Change to Win members have spent thousands of hours walking precincts, making phone calls, and passing out materials at our worksites since endorsing Barack Obama six months ago, and today's announcement gives us a great boost as we prepare for the convention and the hard work ahead of us before victory for Obama, Biden, and America's workers on November 4th."

    Contact: 

    Greg Denier, 202-486-2365
    Noreen Nielsen, 603-858-2607 or Noreen.nielsen@changetowin.org

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