(CNN) – A major firefighters union will throw its support behind Barack Obama during its annual convention in Las Vegas on Thursday.
Obama, who is on vacation with his family in Hawaii, taped a message that will be played in front of the 3,500 members of the International Association of Fire Fighters at around 2pm E.T.
The union chose to back Obama over John McCain because of the presumptive Democratic nominee’s support of collective bargaining, which gives workers the right to jointly work with their employers to negotiate hours, salaries, benefits and overall working conditions, IAFF spokesman Scott Treibitz said.
“It is unacceptable when fire fighters do not have collective bargaining rights. But it's not just collective bargaining,” Obama said in the video. “For too long on too many issues, fire fighters have not been treated with the dignity, respect and honor you deserve."
The IAFF endorsed Sen. Chris Dodd’s ultimately unsuccessful presidential bid last August and IAFF President Harold Schaitberger campaigned with him in the early primary states. The union was also credited with giving Sen. John Kerry’s campaign a major boost in 2004.
"On every issue important to fire fighters Senator Obama is and has been in our corner," Schaitberger said. "We can't overlook Senator McCain's service to our country, but we also can't overlook his poor record on issues critical to the financial security of our 290,000 members."
Sen. Joe Biden will attend and address the convention on behalf of Obama.
"In the 21st Century Countries don't invade other Countries"
John McCain – 08/13/2008
A union is backing a Democrat.
Also, water is wet.
Hmmmmmmmm....could this be the VP stepping up to the plate??
Obama follows through for the people and McCain falls short, once again.
Great news! WISDOM at its best.
great job obama
WELCOME ABOARD gentlemen, we're GLAD to have you on the Presidential train heading straight to the WHITE HOUSE!!
All aboard, cho-cho....
Hmmm.....I see Joe Biden as his veep choice – Not a bad choice. I also see Romney as McCain's veep. The 2 veep candidates have been awfully quiet these days.
Welcome on board ladies and gentlemen. Firefighters are real heros and deserve all the backing they need. Just as our troops do. (Notice McBush didn't support the GI bill either). God Bless you all !.
the country is starting to come together around obama.
MCSHAME GET YOUR FACTS TOGETHER
YOU INVADED IRAQ IN THE 21ST CENTURY.
SO WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT
how did sen obama and co. vote on this legislature that prevent them from collective barganing? yeah right. he do love to talk the talk don't he
this is a breath of fresh air after having to read all the war stories and McCain for days now. i will be so glad to see obama back from vacation to get us all pumped up again with his positive energy. the bad karma that comes with anything one reads about McCain is draining to one's soul.hurry home obama ...we miss you!!!
Gee, so many people are endorsing Obama, wonder why? Is it because he is for the people unlike mccain who is for the rich only? And fire fighters, police, teachers should all be looked out for as they have critical jobs that are also critical to our communitites. With all mccain's so called 'experience' what has he really done in his 25 yrs? Also heard that he has endorsed bush's plan to roll back the endangered species policy so there goes his claim that he is for the enviornment.
Welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait for the Convention!!!
VERY GOOD THESE PEOPLE ARE ON THE MONEY. OBAMA IS FOR THE WORKING PERSON THIS IS VERY CLEAR.
This ranks up there with 'sun rises in the east.' Only if a labor union endorsed a REPUBLICAN Prez candidate is it news. Don't you think most of those fire fighters were already going to vote for Obama anyway?
CNN is supposed to report NEWS; there isn't anything new here at all.
Heroes for Obama. I like it! Thank you.
Welcome aboard. The mor people who join the campaign to stop Republican tyranny, the better.
According to a recent article written by CNN contributors, they describe Obama as "a little-known state lawmaker from Illinois". Not really the credentials of someone we should trust our country to.
Good, because I don't.
Cheers for Collective Bargaining!
This site has gotten so boring. Everything is Go Obama! McCain's an idiot! Go go go!! Really any substance or interesting dialogue.
Gee, a union endorsing a Democrat. That's big news. Like the Democratic agenda, unions outlived their usefulness decades ago.
Thank you to those brave man and women. Thank you for recognizing who is on the side of working men and women. God bless you and protect you as you do the dangerous work.