I think every shop steward should be training someone else and that person can be training someone else too.

~ Maurice Thomas, 32BJ Member, DC/VA/MD

A Timeline of Progress


It’s been four years since Barack Obama’s election, when we were all excited about “change we can believe in.” And even though the Republican party threw every possible roadblock in his path, President Obama delivered on his promise. President Obama has led the country away from the regressive policies of the Bush Administration, and the country is back on the road to recovery. Here’s a look at some of his top accomplishments:


January 2009: Supporting Fair Pay for Women
Signs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, helping ensure women receive equal pay for equal work.


January 2009: Strengthening American Industry
Provides $25 billion in loans to the American car industry to preserve 3 million jobs and support U.S. economic recovery. Chrysler and General Motors repaid their loans in 2010.


February 2009: Help for Working Americans
Signs the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, investing in job creations and providing tax cuts for working families, and extending unemployment benefits.


March 2010: Expanding Healthcare
Passes the Affordable Care Act, giving millions access to affordable healthcare and requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions. The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act as constitutional in 2012.


December 2010: Equality in the Armed Forces
Repeals “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” granting equal rights to all members of the military.


May 2011: Osama bin Laden Killed
Orders the Navy SEALS mission that leads to Osama bin Laden’s death.


December 2011: Ending the War in Iraq
Withdraws 142,000 American troops from Iraq and transfers government and security responsibilities to Iraq.


February 2012: On the Side of Equality
Condemns the “Defense of Marriage Act” as unconstitutional and announces the administration will no longer defend it in court; later takes a stand for marriage equality.


June 2012: Rights for Immigrant Youth
Stops the deportation of undocumented young adult immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.