Richard Hoar is a shop steward at the Claremont Hotel and Resort in Oakland, CA who is volunteering with UNITE HERE’s Obama mobilization in Wisconsin.
"My friend and I would talk about politics, but it was frustrating to talk about it without going out to do something about it. When I took a leave from work to volunteer I told my coworkers, "I’m doing this for you."
Obama’s support of the Employee Free Choice Act and other pro-worker policies will help the whole country. Richard points out that his union local, Local 2850, gets an additional benefit from his volunteering. "Through the training we are getting on this I’ll be able to motivate my coworkers even better. On our next contract negotiation I want to have that room packed!"