PRESS RELEASE from Change to Win

Burger: Denver to Help Highlight Key Workers' Issues at 2008 DNC

Thursday, January 11, 2007

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WASHINGTON, DC - The following is a statement from Change to Win Chair Anna Burger on the announcement that Denver will host the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

"Workers voices' are being heard in Colorado like never before, and we are excited that DNC has chosen Denver as the site of the next party convention.

"Working people turned out in record numbers in the last elections to send a strong message throughout the state they want solutions on key economic issues that affect their families. We are hopeful that Governor Ritter, Mayor Hickenlooper, the new state legislature and Congressional representatives in Washington will take that message seriously by enacting policies that will help build a vibrant middle class throughout the state.

"The DNC will also put the spotlight on the fact that many workers in Denver and in the West still do not have a voice on the job. The struggles of the stage hands and hotel workers symbolize the struggles of American workers everywhere - and are a reminder to elected officials they must help these hard working men and women unite together to improve their lives.

"The unions of Change to Win look forward to working together to help all workers achieve the American Dream - a paycheck that supports a family, affordable health care, a secure retirement and most of all, a better life for our kids."

About Change to Win

Change to Win was founded in September 2005 by seven unions and six million workers to build a movement of working people with the power to make work pay for everyone.  We believe that all workers should have a paycheck that can support a family, affordable health care, a secure retirement and dignity on the job. The seven affiliated unions are: Service Employees International Union, UNITE HERE, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Laborers' International Union of North America, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and United Farm Workers of America.