Obama Campaign Announces Iowa Labor Steering Committee
The Obama for America Campaign today announced a 25-member Labor Steering Committee to lead union outreach efforts for Barack Obama's Iowa campaign. These steering committee members from across Iowa will serve as a sounding board for the labor community, lead efforts to organize union workers and discuss Barack Obama's commitment to fighting special interests and protecting workers' rights.
"From the picket lines of Chicago to the halls of the U.S. Senate, I have consistently fought to protect the rights of our workers," Barack Obama said. "That's why I am honored to have the support of these union members from across Iowa who are committed to transforming the way we do politics in Washington, D.C. and will play an instrumental role in leading our outreach efforts to the labor community."
As a community organizer on Chicago's South Side, Barack Obama stood side by side with workers affected by steel mill closings. As he's done throughout his career in public service, Obama brought together different groups of people - local residents, activists, churches, and local workers - to restore economic opportunity and hope to the community. In the U.S. Senate, Obama continued the fight by cosponsoring the Employee Free Choice Act and working to expand collective bargaining rights, overtime pay, and workers' rights.
"Throughout his career, Barack Obama has been a consistent champion of the organized labor movement, fighting for workers' rights and to improve the lives of working families," union member Greg Simpson of Dubuque said. "This commitment is the reason why we're proud to support Barack Obama's campaign to challenge the conventional thinking in Washington, D.C. that has continued to block progress on the tough issues we face."
Today, special guests Illinois AFL-CIO President Emeritus Margaret Blackshere, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Congressman Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), and Former Congressman Brad Carson (D-OK) will attend Labor Day celebrations throughout Iowa and discuss Senator Obama's commitment to fighting for America's workers. Click here for detailed information on Labor Day events throughout Iowa.
BREAK IN TRANSCRIPT