We wanted to let you know about a web site SEIU members just launched, www.WalkADayInMyShoes2008.com.It’s part of SEIU’s campaign to have presidential candidates spend a day in SEIU members’ lives—accompanying them on their jobs and spending time in their homes, so they’ll get a taste of what the real world is like for the rest of us.
Work is tough in America right now. So if candidates understand the struggles workers face each day, our next president will be better able to offer the 21st century solutions our country needs.
“Walk a Day in My Shoes” is putting workers back at the center of the political debate. Right now, you can watch videos of:
§ A highway foreman in NH who keepspassing up higher wages so she can keep her health care;
§ Nurses in NV who worry about how ourhealth care crisis affects patient care;
§ A police dispatcher in NH whoworries about the burden her child’s student loans are to their future;
§ A nurse in IA who covers her patients’co-pays so they receive the care they need.
You’ll also be able to watch candidates spend the day working with a nurse, janitor, or other SEIU member, and then have a meal with their family; and listen to members from all across the country tell candidates what life is like for them—and hear the candidates respond.
Below, find links to some of SEIU’s latestpolitical news.
>>SEIU Members Send Message toPresidential Candidates: Walk in My Shoes
SEIU members launcheda national campaign to ensure that the issues facing working people are frontand center in the presidential debate. SEIU members are urging every candidate for president to “Walk a Day in My Shoes,” by accompanying them on the job and visiting their homes. Read More. See SEIU Billboards.
>>Edwards First Candidate to Accept “Walk in My Shoes” Challenge
Former Senator John Edwards became the first presidential candidate to accept the challenge to spend a day on the job and at home of an SEIU member. Read More.
>>SEIU President Andy Stern Sets Pace for Walk in My Shoes—Visits IA, NHSEIU President Andy Stern set the pace of the campaign by “walking inthe shoes” of an Iowa City school employee, and a Concord snowplowdriver. His trip captured the attention of opinion shapers and the blogosphere. The Washington Post ’s Harold Myerson dubs him Liberalism’sEnergetic Architect . Meanwhile, blogger Matt Stoller joined Stern and SEIU memberson the trail. Read More. Watch video from thetrips.
>>SEIU Studies ‘08Democratic Presidential Field
SEIUlocal union leaders individually questioned eight Democratic presidentialhopefuls—Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL),former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC), Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE), Rep. Dennis Kucinich(D-OH), Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM), and former Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA)—about where they stand on the issues that matter most to SEIU members: affordable health care, good jobs, and retirement security. Member-to-candidate conversations will be on going and SEIU members will extend a similar invitation to Republican presidential candidates. Read More andSee Photos.
>> For the Latest Updates , visit www.WalkADayInMyShoes2008.com.