United Electrical Workers Vote to Endorse Ralph Nader

JSchaffner jschaffner at SPAMigc.org
Wed Aug 30 20:56:42 MDT 2000


Press Release
AUGUST 30, 2000
CONTACT:  Jake Lewis or Laura Jones, (202) 265-4000
           Chris Townsend, (814) 453-4228


UNITED ELECTRICAL WORKERS
VOTE TO ENDORSE RALPH NADER

Erie, Pennsylvania – The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of
America (UE) voted at their annual convention Aug. 30 to endorse Ralph
Nader’s candidacy for President, saying, “the wasted vote in this
election would be for the pro-business Democrats and Republicans.”

The 35,000-member independent union represents workers in manufacturing,
public sector and private non-profit sector jobs. “Decades of
corporate-controlled Democratic and Republican presidencies convince us
that we have no choice but to escape the two-party trap,” states a
resolution passed by UE, which has endorsed just four other presidential
candidates in its 65-year history. “Nader’s energetic and principled
candidacy will bring us closer to real labor law reform, national health
care and a challenge to – if not controls on – the power of
multinational corporations.”

The union praised Nader’s pro-labor platform, which calls for triple
back pay for workers fired illegally during an organizing drive,
expanded power for the National Labor Relations Board to issue
injunctions to stop unfair labor practices, a ban on the permanent
replacement of strikers, and, most prominently, repeal of the anti-labor
Taft-Hartley Act.

The UE is the third union to officially throw its support behind Nader.
In June, the 31,000-member California Nurses Association, the largest
organization of registered nurses in California, endorsed Nader,
praising his "outspoken stance on behalf of an overhaul of the nation’s
health care system, and strong advocacy of nurses’ and patients’
rights."

The 1,200-member AFSCME Local 1108 followed with an endorsement of Nader
in August. The union of nonprofit workers – which represents Los Angeles
area Head Start, child care and social service workers – cited Nader's
support of universal health care, expanded child care and better wages
for child care workers as reasons for the endorsement.

Nader’s history of support for labor rights and his strong pro-labor
platform have earned the enthusiastic support of growing numbers of
rank-and-file union members, who are organizing Labor for Nader groups
in major metropolitan areas around the country. One of the strongest
Labor for Nader chapters is in Detroit, Mich., where Nader plans to
appear on Labor Day, Sept. 4.

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