Union Rally for Obama in Chicago

Barack Obama yesterday addressed a union rally in his home state of Illinois. Over 100o people turned up at the function organised by the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees. The Rally took place yesterday morning at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.

Obama spoke to the crowd about the Employee Free Choice Act which is due to come before the Senate shortly. The Act will make it easier for unions to organize, but President Bush has already said that he would Veto the bill.

Barack Obama said that the Democratic will "pass the Employees Free Choice Act...It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when. We may have to wait for the next president to pass it, but we will pass it."

Support from the Labor movement could be crucial to the success of Barack Obama in his bid for the nomination.