Sweet: Clinton clinches New Mexico. Obama wins United Food and Commercial Workers Union backing

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WASHINGTON– Catching up….New Mexico finally counts its votes and Hillary Rodham Clinton wins…and Barack Obama picks up the backing of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

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Washington – For the 1.3 million members of the United Food and

Commericial Workers Union (UFCW), the 2008 Presidential election is

about restoring the American dream for Americas workers. UFCW

members are energized to seize this opportunity to change America and

restore the American Dream for workers and their families.

The UFCW has a powerful presence and a strong organization in key

primary states such as Wisconsin, Hawaii, Texas and Ohio. We are the

largest union of young workers with more than forty percent of our

members under the age of thirty. Senator Obamas message of changing

hope into reality has inspired our members, particularly our young

members, across the country.

We have the utmost respect for Senator Clinton and her tireless efforts

on behalf of working people. And while both Senators Hillary Clinton

and Barack Obama have a vision to change America, we believe that

Senator Obama is the best candidate to build a movement to unite our

country that will deliver the type of change that is needed – for good

jobs, affordable health care, retirement security and worker safety.

Our country requires a change-change that restores America to a place

of opportunity and security, where hard work is respected and those who

do it are protected.

Our country requires change that brings the security working people

require to improve their lives and the lives of their children and

grandchildren.

Senator Obama understands the needs of working people. As a community

organizer, he understands that America must restore the balance between

working America and corporate America. He will fight to level the

playing field on behalf of workers across our country. He will fight to

regain the rights and protections workers have lost after too many years

of the Bush Administration.

UFCW will be mobilizing, organizing and energizing our members, their

friends and families to make Senator Obama not just the Democratic

nominee, but the next President of the United States.

We are talking about the dreams of meatpackers and food processors

working long hours to ensure that the dreams of their sons and daughters

for college and a better life become a reality. We are talking about

giving life to the dreams of cashiers and clerks in retail and grocery

stores. That is what this election is about. It is about the dreams of

hard working people across this country. Men and women who deserve to

have their elected officials work as hard as they do.

It is Senator Obama who is best positioned, and who has the best

policies, to make these dreams a reality. Senator Obama is the

candidate of the American dream.

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The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)

represents more than 1.3 million workers, primarily in the retail and

meatpacking, food processing and poultry industries. The UFCW protects

the rights of workers and strengthens Americas middle class by

fighting for health care reform, living wages, retirement security, safe

working conditions and the right to unionize so that working men and

women and their families can realize the American Dream. For more

information about the UFCWs effort to protect workers rights and

strengthen Americas middle class, visit www.ufcw.org.

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