November 5, 2008
Steelworkers Celebrate Obama and Shaheen Victories As First Steps in Restoring American Dream
LACONIA, N.H., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Steelworkers (USW) members nationwide enthusiastically watched last night's polling results and celebrated victories in key battleground states where the USW mounted unprecedented grassroots efforts. Steelworkers and other working families look to an Obama presidency to help American working families by getting the economy back on track.
"When you feel the brunt of the downturn in the economy and wake up wondering if your job is being shipped overseas or whether you can still afford health care, you want change," said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. "Our members worked like hell to make sure change happened."
In New Hampshire, USW made major commitments to help Jeanne Shaheen win a seat in the U.S. Senate. USW members worked the phones, leafleted work sites and canvassed neighbors to educate voters on issues and the need to go to the polls on Election Day.
"Our efforts in phone banking, neighborhood labor walks, leafleting plant gates, and mailings to local union members were unprecedented," said George Griffin, president of USW Local 8566 here. "All these activities have had a major impact on what people were talking about during the campaign. We had to make sure that our members are talking about the facts and how everything related to their jobs, health care and retirement security. At the end of the day, they knew that Barack Obama and Jeanne Shaheen supported working families," he said.
The USW political campaign had more than 500 people working full-time in 31 states, mobilizing members and working families. More than 10,000 Steelworkers volunteered their time to ensure Barack Obama's victory. The strategy included calling and speaking to more than 100,000 union members in key battlegrounds states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina between Labor Day and the Election. Nearly 5 million pieces of persuasive literature were mailed from USW international, district and local union offices.
"It is essential that the new President and Senator-elect Shaheen work with other members of Congress to restore the American dream for all of our citizens and for us, once again, to establish our society as a shiny beacon to the rest of the world," said Gerard. "Steelworkers families will continue to fight the good fights."
CONTACT: George Griffin (603) 524-0004 Ext 6302
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CONTACT: George Griffin of United Steelworkers (USW), +1-603-524-0004Ext 6302
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