The AFL-CIO today endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president.
The AFL-CIO General Board, which voted to endorse Obama, includes presidents of all 56 unions in the AFL-CIO, as well as Executive Council members and representatives of state and local federations, trade departments and constituency groups. The General Board votes by per capita membership. In conjunction with the endorsement, the AFL-CIO launched a new website: Meet Barack Obama.
In its endorsement statement, the General Board noted that Sen. Barack Obama “secured the nomination of his party in a campaign that has energized millions of Americans and spoken to the hopes and dreams of people from every corner of our nation.”
His leadership can re-engage disenfranchised Americans and bring our country together. Sen. Obama has advocated a change of direction for our nation that mirrors the priorities of the labor movement.
Two unions, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC) and the Electrical Workers (IBEW), have endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president.
The 725,000-member IBEW offered an endorsement today, and IBEW President Edwin Hill committed to “an all-out push” to get members involved in the election.
The issues are clear. We as a people face difficult choices on health care, energy policy and building jobs and opportunity in a world increasingly bound by economic and environmental issues. Barack Obama offers positive leadership to navigate our way into the future instead of continuing the failures of the past.
Delegates to the Communications Workers of America (CWA) convention in Las Vegas re-elected Larry Cohen as president of the union and elected two new officers.
Jeff Rechenbach, who served as CWA’s executive vice president for the past three years, is the union’s new secretary-treasurer. He succeeds Barbara Easterling, who has retired. Delegates also elected Annie Hill, a vice president for CWA District 7, as executive vice president to succeed Rechenbach.
John McCain arrived in Henderson, Nev., yesterday, and was met by people asking for answers on the issues that really affect them. (Wherever he goes, union members are there to greet him and ask him to define his position on key working family issues.)
Organized by the Alliance for Retired Americans, seniors came out to ask McCain to protect Social Security, not undermine it.
McCain has spent the campaign season giving mixed messages on Social Security, the nation’s most successful social safety net, but the record is clear: He has supported privatizing Social Security. He’s voted in the Senate for privatizing this crucial retirement program and he campaigned alongside George Bush
Oregon AFL-CIO union leaders have embarked on a program to transform the role of state federations in organizing—and Oregon Unity Team organizer Graham Trainor sends us the latest on the project.
In September 2007, leaders from more than 20 Oregon unions convened in Portland at what was the largest Organizing Summit ever held in the state. The goal was to build Oregon’s union movement by providing cross-union support for one another’s organizing efforts and by maximizing the union movement’s ability to link politics and organizing in unprecedented ways. We call ourselves the Unity Team.