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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:44 PM
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Obama: We Need Strong Unions for a Strong Economy

http://blog.aflcio.org/2009/09/15/obama-we-need-strong-... /

by Seth Michaels, Sep 15, 2009
Photo credit: Bill Burke/Page One

Photo credit: Bill Burke/Page One


President Obama greets convention delegates, including Alliance for Retired Americans President Barbara Easterling.



President Barack Obama had a strong, inspiring message for delegates to the 2009 AFL-CIO Convention: Were going to make this country work again.

In a speech punctuated by chants and standing ovations, Obama said hes committed to the same goals as the union movement: restoring the economy, getting health care for everyone and passing the Employee Free Choice Act:

These are the reforms Im proposing. These are the reforms labor has been championing. These are the reforms the American people need. And these are the reforms I intend to sign into law.

Quality, affordable health insurance. A world-class education. Good jobs that pay well and cant be outsourced. A strong labor movement. Thats how well lift up hardworking families. Thats how well grow our middle class. Thats how well put opportunity within reach in the United States of America.

Throughout, the enthusiastic crowd gave him multiple standing ovationswhen one woman shouted I love you, he responded: I love you, too, sister. In turn, Obama showed he understands the needs of working people and the unions that represent them:

When labor succeedsthats when our middle class succeeds. And when our middle class succeedsthats when the United States of America succeeds.

FULL story AND video at link.



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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:46 PM
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1. It's been far too long since we've had a President who understands
these basic truths. ;)
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Ruby the Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:52 PM
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2. I was laid off recently
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 06:52 PM by Ruby the Liberal
I dread the thought of going back to Corporate. I have been applying for staff positions within the afl-cio umbrella. Prayers/Positive thoughts/vibes much appreciated.

Our working people have been ignored for too many decades. Its time to take back our voice.
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