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
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.
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."
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."
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."
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Sunday, August 31, 2008
Labor Day 2008: Building A New American Dream For America's Workers
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Change to Win Chair Anna Burger released the following statement for Labor Day 2008.
"As Americans come together today to celebrate Labor Day, the seven unions and six million members of Change to Win are committed to restoring the American Dream for America's workers -- just as our unions did for generations before.
"Over the past two years, Change to Win has asked workers in surveys and focus groups to assess the American Dream for themselves and their families, and what we've found is both dramatic and powerful. Consistently America's workers overwhelmingly believe in the American Dream -- work that is respected, wages that can support a family, affordable health care, a secure retirement and the opportunity for a better life for their children. This election year working families are more enthusiastic and motivated than ever before and are looking to the next president to help renew the Dream.
"But they also believe the Dream is at risk. Our latest findings show that America's workers are moving from anxiety to anger to action. Decades of decline in wage and benefit levels, the shift of income and wealth from the many to the few, and the unrelenting corporate attack on worker organization has eroded the foundations of the American Dream.
"America's working families want a new direction. They want government action that will create a new infrastructure for a new American Dream. They do not want a safety net to fall into -- they want a platform to rise from.