South Burlington, Vt. – (July 31, 2008) – The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 300 has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for President of the United States.The 1,200-member labor union represents public and private sector employees throughout Vermont. IBEW Local 300 has initiated an aggressive internal political action campaign to involve its constituency in the electoral process.”After eight years of the anti-worker Bush Administration, Sen. Obama is the clear choice to lead our wonderful country in the right direction,” said IBEW Local 300 Business Manager Jeffrey Wimette. “It is no mistake that Sen. Obama earned a 98 percent lifetime rating from the AFL-CIO for his unwavering support of working families. He is the lone major party presidential candidate that will fight for good wages, quality healthcare, secure retirement, fair taxation, responsible trade and the freedom to form unions.” IBEW International President Edwin D. Hill echoed that assessment.”Now is the time to unite behind the candidate who offers the best chance to reverse the disastrous policies of the past eight years,” he said. “We as a people face difficult choices on healthcare, energy policy and building jobs and opportunity in a world increasingly bound by economic and environmental issues. Barack Obama offers positive leadership to navigate our way into the future instead of continuing the failures of the past.”A collaborative effort between AFL-CIO affiliated unions nationwide, the 2008 election marks labor’s largest mobilization ever for pro-worker candidates. To date, union volunteers have focused on rallying 13 million voters, knocked on 60,000-plus doors, delivered 1.5 million worksite fliers, and sent 500,000 mailers to union swing voters in key battleground states. ABOUT IBEW LOCAL 300Based in South Burlington, IBEW Local 300 serves 1,200-plus working Vermonters at some of the state’s most successful businesses, including American Electric, Ben and Jerry’s, Brown Electric, Burlington Electric Department, Central Vermont Public Service, Century Electric, Entergy-Vermont Yankee, E.S. Boulos, Green Mountain Power, Peck Electric, Sherwin Electric, Vermont Gas, Washington Electric Cooperative and several municipalities. Local 300 members earn a living wage, healthcare coverage and best-in-class retirement benefits. The organization is part of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and represents approximately 750,000 laborers in utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads, government and more. The IBEW has members in both the United States and Canada and stands out among AFL-CIO unions because of its size and highly skilled constituency.For more information, contact Marketing and Business Development Director Matt Lash at (802) 864-5864, MLash@ibewlocal300.org(link sends e-mail) or www.ibewlocal300.org(link is external).