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  • Wednesday, May 7, 2008 Change to Win: Making a Difference in the Hoosier State

    Change to Win members are waging an aggressive effort to help Barack Obama make a strong showing in the Hoosier State. With nearly 30,000 members in Indiana, Change to Win unions have put in place an extensive campaign to turn out members and working family voters for Obama and to help restore the American Dream for America's workers.

    In Indiana:

    • More than 1,500 Change to Win members and volunteers working to contact voters door-to-door or over the phone
    • More than 60,000 doors knocked and hundreds of thousands of direct mail pieces sent to Democratic households throughout the state
    • Hundreds of Change to Win members and volunteers conducting aggressive labor-to-labor canvass programs in Northwest Indiana, South Bend and Indianapolis
    • Recruiting hundreds of volunteers and helping manage key get-out-the-vote staging locations, including Northwest Indiana and Indianapolis
    • UFCW, UNITE HERE, SEIU and Teamsters members conducting member-to-member education and mobilization efforts at worksites throughout the state
    • Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa campaigned in Gary, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis speaking to members about jobs, the economy, the nation's failed trade policies, and to turn out the vote for Obama

    Contact: 

    Greg Denier, 202-721-0660
    Noreen Nielsen, Noreen.nielsen@changetowin.org

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  • Friday, April 25, 2008 Burger: Time To End Pay Discrimination

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The following is a statement from Change to Win chair Anna Burger, the highest ranked woman in the labor movement, regarding the Republican filibuster of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act earlier this week. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was introduced to overturn the Supreme Court decision issued last year that broke a longstanding precedent and placed unnecessary hurdles in the path of workers seeking equal opportunity in the workplace.

    "It is an outrage that Senate Republicans refused to break their filibuster to protect employers who practice wage discrimination. Women who work full-time year-round had median annual earnings in 2006 that were only 77 percent of what men earned, and women of color fared even worse. It's time to make real the basic principles our country was founded on -- fairness, justice and equality -- and to ensure meaningful remedies for victims of discrimination.

    "We applaud the Senate majority for its action to reverse the miscarriage of justice represented by the Supreme Court's Ledbetter decision. Our nation has long supported and passed bipartisan laws to protect civil rights, now is not the time to start turning back the clock. With stagnant wages and rising living costs, the denial of remedies for workers who have proven intentional discrimination by their employer deprives workers and their families of the chance to achieve the American Dream. Every Republican who filibustered this bill should be required to answer for their vote at the polls this fall."

    Contact: 

    Greg Denier, 202-721-0660
    Noreen Nielsen, Noreen.nielsen@changetowin.org

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  • Monday, April 21, 2008 The Company You Keep

    Thousands of workers demand no union busters

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- With Pennsylvania workers set to cast their votes in the presidential primary election tomorrow, thousands of workers signed a letter sent to Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign today renewing its call for her to sever all ties with her campaign strategist Mark Penn. Penn's firm has a long and dishonorable record of working as union busters with corporations such as Cintas, a company notorious for suppressing workers rights. Workers are demanding that anti-worker and union busting consultants have no place at the table in any campaign seeking the support of America's workers.

    "Americans are tired of the politics of the past. Gold-plated consultants working both sides of the street poison our democratic process," said Change to Win executive director Greg Tarpinian. "While the key strategist of Sen. Clinton's campaign is advising her on winning the votes of working families, his firm is advising union busting corporations on how to deny workers their right to have a union. You are known by the company you keep -- and union busters have no place in the Democratic Party. Sen. Clinton must sever all ties with Mark Penn."

    Last June, General President of the Teamsters James P. Hoffa and General President of UNITE HERE Bruce Raynor sent a letter to Sen. Clinton expressing concern about Penn and his firm's direct support for Cintas' campaign to undermine the right of workers to organize.

    Cintas worker Evangelina Orozco says she was fired for standing up for her rights on the job. More than two years after unjustly firing her, Cintas paid Evangelina nearly $30,000 in back pay. Cintas workers charge that the company still threatens, harasses and intimidates them for trying to form a union. "Cintas has continuously tried to take away our voice and keep us from improving our working conditions," said Evangelina Orozco.

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  • Wednesday, April 16, 2008 Change To Win Leaders March For Workers' Rights

    Join Thousands Of Workers And Community Members For The March From "Hollywood To The Docks"

    LOS ANGELES, CA. -- Change to Win leaders James P. Hoffa, Teamsters General President, Bruce Raynor, UNITE HERE General President, and Arturo Rodriguez, United Farm Workers President, will join thousands of LA County workers and members today at the closing rally for the march from "Hollywood to the Docks" to fight for good jobs and to restore the American Dream for America's working families.

    "The Teamsters took part in this march because we believe the fight for workers' rights must be a top priority among lawmakers in this country," said Hoffa. "Our most immediate struggle is taking place now, as bad trade deals are taking the jobs of so many Americans in this country."

    Hoffa, along with more than one hundred Teamsters on motorcycles, will lead a contingent of thousands of workers, local labor leaders and elected officials to the closing rally for the march at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro. Environmentalists united in the Coalition for Clean & Safe Ports, a blue-green alliance, will also participate to spotlight the need to create good, green jobs of the future, starting with the Port trucking industry.

    UNITE HERE President Raynor will be among the speakers at the rally stressing the importance of standing in solidarity in the fight to make the core jobs of L.A.'s economy into good jobs for L.A.'s workers.

    "Employers don't give workers better pay or benefits, career opportunities or a secure retirement because we ask nicely," said Raynor. "Our ability to make meaningful gains is in our numbers. When unions stand together as a united front, employers respond and we make progress."

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  • Wednesday, April 16, 2008 Nothing But More Of The Same From McCain's Economic Proposals

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The following is a statement from Change to Win executive director Greg Tarpinian regarding presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain's economic proposals laid out yesterday in his speech at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    "For American voters, the American Dream is not about great wealth, it's about a good job with wages that support a family, access to affordable health care, a secure retirement, and the opportunity for a better future for our children. The economic proposals laid out by presidential candidate John McCain yesterday will do nothing to restore the American Dream for workers and their families.

    "Instead McCain has embraced the same failed economic policies perpetrated on the American people by the Bush Administration from "free" trade policies that encourage corporations to move jobs overseas to continuing -- and even expanding -- the Bush tax cuts for big business and the wealthiest citizens, while at the same time running up huge deficits and cutting funds to invest in the nation's infrastructure and its people.

    "The McCain 'plan' is a prescription for more of the same Bush policies that have produced record foreclosure rates, escalating gas prices, stagnant wages, and disappearing health insurance and pensions. No amount of 3-month gas tax 'holidays' will fool the American people into thinking otherwise."

    Contact: 

    Greg Denier, 202-721-0660
    Noreen Nielsen, Noreen.nielsen@changetowin.org

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