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'The Mitch Who Stole Christmas'
Date:12/16/2008

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The nation's largest union of registered nurses today announced a new online and advocacy campaign targeting Republican Senator Mitch McConnell for his Grinch-like efforts to block a bailout for the auto industry unless unionized auto workers accept devastating and punitive cuts in wages and healthcare coverage for their families.

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    The campaign can be found HERE, http://ga1.org/campaign/mitch).

It invites people to send a message to McConnell, and sign up for public protests and other actions to protect American working families.

"The Mitch tried to steal Christmas from auto workers, their families, and their communities. It was the auto workers today, but tomorrow it will be other working people's wages and benefits," said Geri Jenkins, RN, a co-president of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee -- composed of 85,000 nurses in all 50 states.

"Wall Street CEOs like Martin Sullivan of AIG get their bailouts with no strings attached. Sullivan earned $21,000 an HOUR last year, while American workers and families are facing economic calamity. Yet, Sen. McConnell and some of his Republican colleagues want to place further hardships on working people and their families, after eight years of devastating erosion of living conditions and health security."

Further, notes CNA/NNOC Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro, McConnell and company have made clear that they view the demands for massive concessions by the UAW as just a first step in an all-out attack on unions and union members. An e-mail message circulated among Senate Republicans declared that denying the auto industry a loan was an opportunity for Republicans to "take their first shot against organized labor."

"The voices of labor will not be silenced. Not about our jobs, our healthcare, our respect, our dignity. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's shameful attacks on organized labor will not be ignored," said DeMoro.

"Years of eroding living standards and health security for American workers are apparently not enough for McConnell. These types of attacks on the working people who built this country are disgraceful all year but especially during the holidays. And, not surprisingly, his actions directly led to at least temporary layoffs for thousands of workers. Sen. McConnell can now add another title to his resume: The Mitch Who Stole Christmas.

"Please join us in our fight to save these jobs and these families. Go online to send a message to the Mitch. Tell him to either find some Christmas cheer or a new line of work," DeMoro said.

CNA/NNOC is the nation's largest RN union and professional association with 85,000 members in all 50 states.


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