U.S. House Speaker Pelosi requests continued support from Communications Workers of America

July 29th, 2010 - 12:47 am ICT by BNO News  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday called for continued support at the 72nd annual legislative–political conference for the Communications Workers of America (CWA) at the Washington Hilton.

During this year’s “A New Path for Challenging Times,” Pelosi remembered the group of telephone workers that 100 years ago “began to organize and formed a coalition of passionate advocates to fight for better wages, better working conditions, and a better quality of life,” which later became the Communications Workers of America, “laying the building blocks for what we see today: a union for the information age.”

“Democrats are supporting [CWA's] path with: health care for all Americans; broadband coast to coast; and a ‘Make It In America’ strategy to create jobs and strengthen our manufacturing sector,” Pelosi said, stating that health insurance is a right, not a privilege.

“Our new path led us to start working to extend broadband access to all Americans – creating millions of good-paying jobs here at home and securing our competitiveness around the globe.”

“That’s why the Recovery Act invested more than $7 billion in our nation’s broadband infrastructure. That’s why we pushed the FCC to develop a National Broadband Plan. And that’s why we will continue working to embrace universal broadband coverage and bridge the digital divide,” Pelosi continued, highlighting the government’s commitment to a restored, growing, and thriving manufacturing sector.

Pelosi mentioned that during the administration, 4.6 million American manufacturing jobs were lost, but “now, Democrats have rolled out a new strategy to restore our manufacturing legacy and to reaffirm that when we ‘make it in America,’ we create jobs and lead the world economy.”

“Our commitment to ‘Make It In America’ is already at work in the House, as we’ve passed the U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act to level the playing field for U.S. firms and support tens of thousands of jobs and the SECTORS Act to bring together business owners, unions, educators, and workforce leaders to train Americans in industries critical to our economic prosperity.

“Today, our fight continues with: the National Manufacturing Strategy Act to strengthen American manufacturing, create jobs, and ensure America can provide for its own defense and the Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Act – to help U.S. clean tech firms market and sell their products at home and abroad,” Pelosi continued, saying that Republicans are signing pledges to protect tax breaks for companies that ship American jobs overseas “to preserve business as usual.”

“Republicans are looking back at the Bush Administration with ‘fondness’ – an era that left us with a deep financial crisis, a deep recession, and deep deficits. Democrats are standing up for the middle class – and we are not going back.

“We want to move forward. We are not going back,” the Speaker said, acknowledging that CWA has supported the Congress and the President to make progress for the American people.

“From the activism of telephone workers a century ago to the passion of one of America’s fastest-growing unions today, CWA has always paved a road toward opportunity. You have always led the way toward a future of jobs and success.”

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