Delegates to the 2008 Constitutional Convention voted to play a key role in electing Barack Obama as president of the United States and vowed to lead the fight for a publicly funded health care plan that would cover all Americans.
Over the four days of the convention, delegates debated and passed resolutions on a wide variety of topics that essentially reflect the union¹s challenges and goals for the future. See the full text of select resolutions here.
Delegates' work touched on important public issues of fair trade, the embattled right to join a labor union, health and safety, the 2008 elections and building worker power for bargaining and political action. Delegates committed all of the USW¹s locals to participating in the election through member-to-member walks, phone banks, work-site leafleting and other communication efforts.
Recognizing that Republican candidate John McCain would continue the failed economic policies of the Bush administration, delegates voted for the USW to lead the labor movement¹s efforts to get out the vote among working Americans, including turning out over 10,000 union volunteers.
Read more about the 2008 Constitional Convention resolutions in the upcoming Labor Day issue of USW@Work, the union's magazine.