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|John Long and Steve Dunn of USW Local 1066 walk in Valparaiso, Ind.
Ken Zeller of the Indiana AFL-CIO reports on door-to-door walks in this competitive state.
Last week in Valparaiso, Ind., members of Iron Workers Local 395, United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1066 and USW Local 9231 knocked on more than 300 doors in one afternoon to discuss with their union brothers and sisters the reasons why Sen. Barack Obama and gubernatorial candidate Jill Long Thompson are the best candidates for Indiana working families.
Members of the group, like Jeff Chidester, financial secretary of Iron Workers Local 395, gathered around the back of a pickup truck to distribute walk packets and discuss the game plan for the day. As the group paired up and got ready to head out, Chidester explained the importance of getting out and spreading the word to union members.
Working families in Indiana have been hit hard by this economic crisis. We’ve had record high job loss with plants closing down all over the state. By taking away tax breaks for companies that go overseas, Sen. Obama’s plan would help keep jobs here.
When John McCain’s health care plan comes under scrutiny, his claims it would solve the nation’s health care crisis are easily stripped away.
Newsweek economics correspondent Jane Bryant Quinn writes that if McCain’s health care plan was put into effect, it would drop 20 million people from employer coverage and throw them into the shark tank of the private insurance world, and “will raise your costs without changing the game.”
Writing in The Nation, Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC), warns McCain’s plan would turn the health care industry over to the same deregulated, “free market” philosophy that sank Wall Street.
The Wall Street Journal reports McCain’s health care plan would cut Medicare and Medicaid by $1.3 trillion.
Around the world, thousands of workers will observe the first World Day for Decent Work today to focus attention on global solidarity and a joint action to ensure that every worker has a job that provides basic needs for themselves and their families. The AFL-CIO Solidarity Center and its partners worldwide will participate in a range of activities focusing on three themes: rights at work, solidarity and ending poverty and inequality.
Last year, global unions called on governments and global leaders to keep their promises to create decent work for all. The promise was part of a July 2006 U.N. ministerial declaration, and several international workers’ groups in Lisbon, Portugal, are sponsoring the Decent Work/Decent Life action.