LOS ANGELES (Aug. 26, 2009) --- The following is a statement by AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon on the passing of Sen. Edward Kennedy:
"From his final days in the United States Senate as the driving force behind the Employee Free Choice Act and meaningful health care reform, to his lifelong career fighting for civil, disability, women's and workers' rights, Sen. Edward Kennedy shared AFTRA members' vision of an inclusive and democratic America that works for everyone and celebrates diversity as the true path toward unity and strength. He was a lion who fought throughout his life for the rights and dignity of America's working men and women. His passing is a loss for AFTRA, for labor and for America. We extend our deepest condolences to the Kennedy family, and we will miss him dearly."