Three strikes, become an accountant!

by Cicily King—Ohio

I met a woman who worked many years at three different factories until one closed down its U.S. offices and went to Mexico (courtesy of NAFTA). The second factory job she got went down to South Carolina to go non-union. She didn’t give up. She got a third job and they closed down and moved to Tennessee to go non-union as well. She now works in the accounting field.

It was exciting to meet someone whose determination matches my own. She was a great supporter of the issues and she signed up and became a dues paying member for the year.

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Eager to take action

by Claire Pengelly—Pennsylvania

After signing up as member, a woman told me about her work as a professor and we began discussing the toxic imports issue. I told her we are gathering letters, and she said, “letters are THE most effective way! Yes, I will write a letter! I know just what I want to write!” I left her home glad that more people are aware how the decisions politicians make affect their lives.

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Downsizing and determination

by Cicily King—Ohio

While canvassing in Newark, OH, I signed up a woman who was disabled. Her husband is the bread winner of the family. While signing, she told me about how he worked a factory union job for 18 years and they closed down due to outsourcing. He now drives an hour each way to work in Columbus and provide for his family.

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Speaking up about toxic toys

by Nabil Cristillo—Pennsylvania

Tonight I knocked on the door of a woman directly affected by the toxic toys made in China and played with by our kids here in the U.S.

When I asked her to write a letter to her Representative about this issue she took out her own pen and just went to town! In her letter she expressed concern for toxics and how it has affected her personally. Letters are a great lobbying tool and hers combined with all the others we have collected will go a long way!

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Write on

by Larry Ford—Pennsylvania

A nurse signing up as a member of Working America agreed to write a letter about imported toxic toys. After writing only two sentences she asked me, “Is it OK if I add more of my own feelings on this issue?” I told her of course she could write what she wanted; she filled an entire page.

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Doggone sad

by Jessica Yates—Pennsylvania

While talking with folks tonight, I met a woman personally affected by poor trade regulations. I pet her puppy and said he was cute. She then told me how he was new to the house because sadly her dog of several years was a victim of poisoning caused by contaminated pet food. I had not yet spoken of our work on this issue. Needless to say, when I did tell her, she was happy to give her Representative a piece of her mind in a stern letter.

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No health care, but she has faith

by Lauren Vlot—Pennsylvania

I spoke with an older woman who answered the door. She sympathized with us, saying she did not have health care. She was hit by a car and spent four months in a coma suffering brain damage, yet she is quite functional. She takes a very strong medication that gives her the shakes and costs $220.00. She became teary-eyed, and so did I, as she stated she only makes $1,000.00 a month on social security, so her son helps her, and tells her she is his rock. She then told me everything will work out because she has faith. She is a truly memorable person.

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A chilling hospital reception

by A. Mark Robinson—Pennsylvania

I spoke with a man this evening about health care. He stated he had received a liver transplant. He informed me that he works for a good company with good benefits. However, at the hospital he was told that if he ran out of insurance he would be kept alive with medications but would get no transplant. How cold!

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Nurse for 44 years, without health care

by Sandra Wideman—Pennsylvania

As the person was looking at my clipboard she remarked, “I am a nurse. I have been a nurse for 44 years…and I have never had health insurance. Even when you are working in a doctor’s office, they hire you for only part time because they don’t want to pay for health care.”

She signed up as a member of Working America.

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Cosmetic procedure?

by Larry Ford—Pennsylvania

I spoke with a woman recovering from surgery. She had undergone an operation to repair internal damages caused by her four pregnancies and the delivery of her children. Her health insurance plan determined that the procedure was cosmetic and refused to make any insurance payment, leaving her to pay 100% of the expense.

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