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  • Wednesday, June 4, 2008 Change to Win Hails New Model for Trade

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The following is a statement from Change to Win executive director Greg Tarpinian on the Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment (TRADE) Act introduced today by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., Rep. Michael Michaud, D-Maine, and Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif.

    "Change to Win applauds Senators Brown and Dorgan and Representatives Michaud and Sanchez for helping set a new course for a better trade policy by introducing the TRADE Act.

    "This legislation will finally bring an end to the disastrous trade deals that have sent millions of jobs overseas and lowered safety standards. It will set new rules for global trade that create good American jobs, improve working conditions everywhere, and make sure that the benefits of trade are shared with workers, not just corporate CEOs.

    "The TRADE Act lays the foundation for creating fair trade agreements that will help working families achieve the American Dream in the 21st century economy."

    Contact: 

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

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  • Tuesday, June 3, 2008 United for the American Dream

    Change to Win Critical to Obama Victory

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Below is a statement from Change to Win executive director Greg Tarpinian calling for unity for victory in November.

    "Barack Obama is the candidate of the American Dream. We must focus our efforts on building a unified movement for change. The time has come for all voters -- men and women, Democrats, Republicans, and independents, all races and ethnic groups, workers and their families -- to unite together to create a new American Dream for the 21st century.

    "Americans are looking for a change from the failed policies of the past eight years. We are building a movement that goes beyond the November election to implement the policies that will restore the American Dream. In Barack Obama we have a leader who will strengthen worker rights, provide affordable health care and a secure retirement, create and protect good American jobs, end the war in Iraq, and rebuild America's infrastructure.

    "As the largest worker organization to endorse any candidate in a primary process, Change to Win members and volunteers have made the difference in critical contests across the country. Change to Win volunteers have knocked on millions of doors, made millions of phone calls, and mobilized their coworkers at worksites from coast to coast. Change to Win and its affiliated unions have developed an unprecedented program of member-to-member contact, direct mail and phone banks to mobilize millions of working family voters in swing states across America.

    "We commend Sen. Clinton for running a vigorous campaign that focused the country on the critical issues facing working families. She will continue to be a tremendous leader in the fight to restore the American Dream.

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  • Tuesday, May 27, 2008 Greg Tarpinian To Step Down As Change To Win Executive Director

    Leadership Council Names Chris Chafe As Replacement

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Change to Win chair Anna Burger announced today that Change to Win executive director Greg Tarpinian will step down on July 6, 2008 from the position he has held since Change to Win's founding in 2005 to return to his New York City based labor advocacy group. While Tarpinian will be leaving as executive director, he will remain as an advisor to Change to Win. The Change to Win Leadership Council has named former UNITE HERE chief of staff Chris Chafe as the new executive director.

    "Greg Tarpinian's vision was instrumental in the creation of Change to Win. He has played a leading role in the development and unity of Change to Win over the last three years and has won the respect of labor leaders throughout the country for his leadership in shaping the movement to restore the American Dream," said Burger.

    During Tarpinian's tenure, Change to Win affiliates worked together on an unprecedented level to build the collective strength of workers in the occupations and industries of the new American economy. As a result, Change to Win affiliates achieved a collective increase in membership for the first time in twenty-five years.

    "I am proud to have had Greg as a partner in our efforts to unite the strengths of our affiliates in our organizing, bargaining, and political activities. On behalf of the Change to Win Leadership Council, I want to thank him for his dedicated efforts and look forward to working with him in the future," continued Burger.

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  • Thursday, May 22, 2008 Change To Win Hails Bill To Stop Wage Theft Due To Misclassification

    WASHINGTON, DC -- The following is a statement from Change to Win executive director Greg Tarpinian on the introduction today of federal legislation to prevent the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.

    "Change to Win applauds the introduction of the Employee Misclassification Prevention Act of 2008. This legislation will go a long way to prevent and redress theft by unscrupulous companies that misclassify their employees as independent contractors in order to deny them legal wages and benefits.

    "Workers who are misclassified are cheated out of their basic rights to minimum wage and overtime pay, as well as unemployment insurance and workers' compensation. Misclassification allows low-road employers to undercut and underbid responsible employers. And every year, all levels of government are cheated out of billions of dollars in revenue, which means law-abiding employers and taxpayers end up paying more than their fair share.

    "The Employee Misclassification Prevention Act of 2008, introduced by Reps. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., Michael Michaud, D-Maine, and Chairman George Miller, D-Calif., would clarify that misclassification is a prohibited act under the Fair Labor Standards Act. It would increase penalties under appropriate circumstances, and it would require the Department of Labor and the states to work together to better detect misclassification.

    "Passage of this worker rights legislation, combined with the Taxpayer Responsibility, Accountability, and Consistency Act introduced last month that takes aim at tax avoidance by employers that misclassify their workers, would constitute a double-barreled solution to this insidious and growing abuse."

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  • Wednesday, May 21, 2008 Change To Win: Beaver State Brings Obama Victory

    PORTLAND, OREGON -- Change to Win members across the Beaver State waged an aggressive grassroots effort to help push Barack Obama to victory in yesterday's Democratic primary election. With more than 80,000 members in Oregon, Change to Win members and volunteers knocked on tens of thousands of doors, made hundreds of thousands of phone calls, and reached out to members at worksites across the state to mobilize working voters for Sen. Obama.

    "Change to Win members and volunteers pushed Sen. Barack Obama to victory in the Beaver State last night, bringing him the majority of pledged delegates and within reach of clinching the Democratic nomination for the president of the United States of America," said Change to Win executive director Greg Tarpinian. "Now it's time for the Democratic Party to unite together for victory in November and bring the change working families need."

    Change to Win members and volunteers in Oregon:

    • Made more than 150,000 phone calls
    • Knocked on nearly 30,000 doors, targeting key areas including North/Northeast Portland, Southeast Portland and Gresham
    • Sent hundreds of thousands of direct mail pieces to Democratic households across the state
    • Helped manage key get-out-the-vote staging locations in Portland and Tigard
    • Conducted member-to-member education and mobilization efforts at worksites throughout the state

    Contact: 

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

     

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