WASHINGTON-- Catching up....New Mexico finally counts its votes and Hillary Rodham Clinton wins...and Barack Obama picks up the backing of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
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Washington - For the 1.3 million members of the United Food and
Commericial Workers Union (UFCW), the 2008 Presidential election is
about restoring the American dream for America’s workers. UFCW
members are energized to seize this opportunity to change America and
restore the American Dream for workers and their families.
The UFCW has a powerful presence and a strong organization in key
primary states such as Wisconsin, Hawaii, Texas and Ohio. We are the
largest union of young workers with more than forty percent of our
members under the age of thirty. Senator Obama’s message of changing
hope into reality has inspired our members, particularly our young
members, across the country.
We have the utmost respect for Senator Clinton and her tireless efforts
on behalf of working people. And while both Senators Hillary Clinton
and Barack Obama have a vision to change America, we believe that
Senator Obama is the best candidate to build a movement to unite our
country that will deliver the type of change that is needed - for good
jobs, affordable health care, retirement security and worker safety.
Our country requires a change-change that restores America to a place
of opportunity and security, where hard work is respected and those who
do it are protected.
Our country requires change that brings the security working people
require to improve their lives and the lives of their children and
Senator Obama understands the needs of working people. As a community
organizer, he understands that America must restore the balance between
working America and corporate America. He will fight to level the
playing field on behalf of workers across our country. He will fight to
regain the rights and protections workers have lost after too many years
of the Bush Administration.
UFCW will be mobilizing, organizing and energizing our members, their
friends and families to make Senator Obama not just the Democratic
nominee, but the next President of the United States.
We are talking about the dreams of meatpackers and food processors
working long hours to ensure that the dreams of their sons and daughters
for college and a better life become a reality. We are talking about
giving life to the dreams of cashiers and clerks in retail and grocery
stores. That is what this election is about. It is about the dreams of
hard working people across this country. Men and women who deserve to
have their elected officials work as hard as they do.
It is Senator Obama who is best positioned, and who has the best
policies, to make these dreams a reality. Senator Obama is the
candidate of the American dream.
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)
represents more than 1.3 million workers, primarily in the retail and
meatpacking, food processing and poultry industries. The UFCW protects
the rights of workers and strengthens America’s middle class by
fighting for health care reform, living wages, retirement security, safe
working conditions and the right to unionize so that working men and
women and their families can realize the American Dream. For more
information about the UFCW’s effort to protect workers’ rights and
strengthen America’s middle class, visit www.ufcw.org.