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AFL-CIO Statement on Specter Joining the Democratic Party


AFL-CIO Statement on Specter Joining the Democratic Party

by Tula Connell, Apr 28, 2009

Sen. Arlen Specter from Pennsylvania announced a short while ago he is switching from the Republican to the Democratic Party. Specter’s vote on the Employee Free Choice Act has been pivotal in determining whether the critical working families’ legislation will pass. Here’s AFL-CIO Legislative Affairs Director Bill Samuel on Specter’s announcement:

We look forward to continuing an open and honest debate with Senator Specter about the issues that are important to Pennsylvania and America. We move forward with the understanding that America’s workers support elected officials based on their positions on issues that matter to working people, not political affiliations.

This is a new day for the Employee Free Choice Act and labor law reform. Sen. Specter has said all along that he recognizes the need to reform our broken labor law system and we will continue to work with Congress to give workers back the freedom to form and join unions and pass legislation that stays true to the principals of the Employee free Choice Act.

The Employee Free Choice Act is built on three fundamental principles and we believe a bill that stays true to these will become law:

Workers need to have a real choice to form a union and bargain for a better life, free from intimidation;
We have to stop the endless delays; companies can’t just stall to stop workers’ choice;
There have to be real penalties for violating the law.

Change to Win Statement on President Obama’s First 100 Days In Office



Change to Win Statement on President Obama’s
First 100 Days In Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Change to Win executive director Chris Chafe issued the following statement regarding the first 100 days of the new Obama presidency.

“From investments in energy, education, health care and infrastructure, to repairing our leadership role in the global community, the first 100 days of President Obama’s Administration has inspired new optimism and hope, and introduced a new era for America’s working families. Through his bold actions he has proven his commitment to restoring the economy, rebuilding the middle class and renewing the American Dream.

“In his first 100 days President Obama has laid the groundwork for a Working Families Agenda. He has appointed nominees that workers can count on to stand up and fight for them – from Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to his most recent NLRB appointments. He created the White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families, reversed three Bush-era anti-worker executive orders, and strengthened the voices of workers against discrimination with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

“He worked with the House and Senate to pass an economic recovery package and budget that invests in putting America’s workers back on the path of prosperity, from extending unemployment benefits, to balancing tax relief for working people, to putting a down-payment toward real health care reform. He has provided significant investments in sustainable projects that will create good green jobs, strengthen our energy independence, and protect our planet after decades of mismanagement.

“As President Obama said during his acceptance speech on election night, ‘the road ahead will be long,’ and the ‘climb will be steep,’ and during these tough economic times, that couldn’t be more true. But as the last 100 days have proven, with a leader like Obama at the helm, workers once again have a shot at achieving the American Dream.”

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About Change to Win

Change to Win, a partnership of unions representing six million members was founded in 2005 to organize workers of the new American economy. Change to Win committed to restoring the American Dream so that all workers have a paycheck that can support a family, affordable health care, a secure and dignified retirement, and the opportunity for the next generation to be better off. The seven affiliated unions are: Service Employees International Union, UNITE HERE, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Laborers’ International Union of North America, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and United Farm Workers of America.