"For more than 120 years, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners has worked to ensure that hard work is rewarded with the opportunity to thrive and build a better life. But after eight years of an administration that has rewarded wealth instead of work, and with John McCain promising four more years of those polices, that dream is in danger. The UBC shares my conviction that we need to come together to make sure that the America Dream lives on for our childre n, and I'm thrilled that they will be standing with me in this critical election," said Senator Barack Obama.
United Brotherhood Of Carpenters Endorses Obama Wednesday August 20, 6:37 pm ET
WASHINGTON, Aug. 20--Leaders from throughout the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners today unanimously endorsed Barack Obama for president. "On all the fundamental issues that affect the lives and well-being of our members, the choice of candidates in this election is clear," said UBC General President Douglas J. McCarron in announcing the endorsement, the first the union has made in a presidential contest since 2000.
"More than 10 years ago our union undertook a comprehensive program of change in order to meet the needs of our members and the industry. It was difficult but necessary, and the results of that work are clear. Our union is growing and our members are enjoying the benefits of that growth.
"It is time that our country takes the same steps to change direction and address the serious problems that affect all working men and women. This administration leaves behind a staggering debt, a legacy of unfair trade deals, and a crumbling infrastructure that will cripple our ability to compete economically.
"We believe that Barack Obama recognizes the necessity for fundamental change in our nation's policies," McCarron said at the close of a meeting of union leadership in Washington, D.C.
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters represents some 550,000 workers in the construction and forest products industries, including large memberships in key swing states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Nevada.