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Sheet Metal Workers Endorse Senator Barack Obama for President

Orlando, FL, August 22, 2008 --( The Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association, AFL-CIO (SMWIA) endorsed Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States at its annual SMWIA Business Agent’s Conference in Orlando, FL. This endorsement follows a process that saw an overwhelming majority of sheet metal workers choosing in a union conducted survey to support Senator Obama over his Republican rival.

“The men and women of the SMWIA, who go to work every day building America, have chosen to support a candidate who will stand up for working families. Senator Obama is that candidate,” said SMWIA General President Michael J. Sullivan. “He will fight for good jobs and a stronger economy, he will fight to improve our nation’s infrastructure, stop intimidation at the workplace and bring the change working Americans need with health care reform and true retirement security.”

Sullivan added that “Every candidate for the Democratic nomination made the case on behalf of America’s working families.” In particular, Sullivan noted that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has managed to bring the issues of working Americans to the forefront of the 2008 campaign. “She has never let her friends and supporters in the labor movement down. There is no question in our minds, she is and will forever be remembered as one of the most prominent leaders of the 21st century.”

Prior to endorsing Senator Obama, General President Sullivan presented Senator Clinton with an honorary SMWIA membership card. Addressing over 1,000 delegates at the conference, she urged that they “bring the same passion and determination that you brought to my campaign, to Senator Obama’s campaign.”

Seeking to once again put deeds behind its endorsement, the SMWIA is in the process of mobilizing its members through an unprecedented member mobilization program that will use member-to-member contact on jobsites and in homes, communication through direct mail, email and websites.

The Sheet Metal Workers’ International represents over 150,000 members on America’s construction sites, factories, rail lines, and shipyards.

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