Amalgamated Transit Union Endorses Barack Obama

Tue Jun 17, 2008 7:17pm EDT

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WASHINGTON, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Amalgamated Transit Union
Executive Board Has Unanimously Voted to Endorse Sen. Barack Obama for
President, the Union Announced.
"While the ATU originally supported Hillary Clinton, we recognize how
important this election year is.  John McCain represents more of the same
anti-worker, anti-union policies that we have suffered under for eight years. 

"Senator Obama has shown through this historic campaign that he has a vision
for a better America; a stronger, safer, more secure nation, where all will
prosper and none will be left behind," said ATU President Warren S. George.  
"On issues near and dear to transit employees nationwide, Barack Obama has
pledged to provide tax relief to millions of working class Americans, to
support continued transit employee protections and transit funding, while
working with Congress to eliminate poverty, reduce unemployment and restore
economic prosperity.  His plan for a better America includes assurances that
each citizen will be treated with dignity and respect.
"Senator Obama has shown more than any other candidate in recent history the
ability to unite and inspire Americans, and has mobilized and energized
millions of citizens new to the political process.
"As a community organizer in the blue-collar streets of Chicago, Obama fought
to train community leaders; and emerged as a strong leader, eminently
qualified to lead our nation forward and to restore our status in the
international community.
"We are proud to endorse Senator Barack Obama for president.  He will work to
improve the quality of life of transit employees across the nation, as well as
all Americans from all backgrounds.  Our great nation will surely prosper
under his guidance and leadership, and the ATU is eager to work with him to
advance and improve America."
"I'm honored to receive the ATU's endorsement," said Senator Obama.  "Their
leaders and members are committed to hardworking Americans, and I look forward
to fighting with them for the causes that unite us: a 21st century
infrastructure, worker protections, the right to organize, affordable health
care for all who want it, and an economy that works for all. I thank them for
standing with me, and I will stand with them when I am President."
Founded in 1892, the ATU is the largest labor organization representing
transit employees in North America.  With over 185,000 members throughout 46
states and nine provinces in Canada, the ATU represents bus drivers, light
rail operators, maintenance and clerical personnel and other transit and
municipal employees.  

CONTACT: Karen Head
202-537-1645

SOURCE  Amalgamated Transit Union

Karen Head of the Amalgamated Transit Union, +1-202-537-1645
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