|If you’re in Washington, D.C., stop by to meet Cliff Schecter, who’ll discuss his new book at the AFL-CIO from 6-8 p.m. Free beer and wine reception follows.|
When John McCain showed up to campaign recently in Seattle and Bellevue, Wash., union members were there to ask him about his role in awarding a major military contract to a foreign company. Word has it, he encouraged the U.S. Department of Defense in February to give a $40 billion-to-$100 billion contract for the construction of Air Force refueling tankers to Northrop Grumman and to the European firm EADS, which makes the Airbus, rather than U.S.-based Boeing.
In Cleveland, as McCain met with wealthy corporate donors at a high-priced reception at the Intercontinental hotel, workers and their families gathered outside to ask for real solutions to the problems they face. They carried hundreds of giant, signed “band-aids” from their fellow workers, a symbol of the need for real solutions to America’s health care crisis.