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Biden: A Friend of Working Families


Biden: A Friend of Working Families

by Donna Jablonski, Aug 23, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama has chosen as his running mate a friend of working families in Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.). Biden earned a 100 percent voting record on working family issues in 2007 and a lifetime record of 85 percent.

In addition to working-family-friendly positions on health care, Social Security, Medicare and other critical issues, Biden is a staunch supporter of workers’ freedom to form unions and “bargain with their employers for a better life for themselves and their families.” A co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act, Biden told a Fire Fighters union presidential forum last year: “There is a middle class for one reason and only one reason in America. Organized labor. That’s why it exists.”

The Bush administration, he said, has been “waging a war on labor’s house….This administration has lined up 10 deep to strip away a hundred years of labor progress.”

The AFL-CIO has endorsed Obama and launched a website, Meet Barack Obama, to educate and mobilize union members. This fall, the AFL-CIO is carrying out an unpecedented grassroots mobilization to elect champions of working families to Congress and the White House.

Watch the AFL-CIO Now blog for more about Biden’s record and positions on working family issues in the coming days.

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