See also: "Organized Labor and the 2008 Presidential Primary Campaign"

56 national and international unions..."represents 10.5 million members, including 2 million members in Working America, its new community affiliate."  The AFL-CIO voted to endorse Sen. Obama on June 26, 2008.
Union members are determined to create a sea change in American politics that will benefit working families for generations to come. We’ve mounted our largest, broadest grassroots effort ever to elect Barack Obama and candidates at all levels who are committed to putting our nation back on track after eight years of failed Bush policies.”  -AFL-CIO President John Sweeney

selected press releases

Change to Win
"six million member partnership of seven unions founded in 2005"  Change to Win endorsed Sen. Obama on Feb. 21, 2008.
"The Change to Win political program is conducting a comprehensive mail, phone, and canvass effort in 13 battleground states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nevada, Colorado, Michigan, Indiana, North Carolina, and Virginia, with state directors in each.  Change to Win plans to send 10 million pieces of direct mail, make 20 million phone calls, and run a full-time, coordinated member-to-member canvass with 1,500 member organizers.  Change to Win unions also plan to recruit over 50,000 volunteers for Election Day."
Sept. 5, 2008 press release

Individual Unions
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Communications Workers of America (CWA)
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
United Steelworkers
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Laborers' International Union of North America
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
National Education Association (NEA) 

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