November 2: It’s Up to Us
Our nation and our union are in serious shape and who ends up in control of Congress on November 3 will affect our lives.
Don’t think so?
Listen real hard to Sharron Angle, candidate for U.S. Senate in Nevada, who openly talks about eliminating Social Security and says that unemployment insurance benefits only make workers lazy.
Listen to U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul in Kentucky, who says that government should stay out of regulating safety in coal mines.
Listen real hard to Republican Minority Leader John Boehner. One of Boehner’s colleagues and friends recently said that Boehner believes there is no reason for unions to even exist.
Even after Wall Street bankers nearly tanked the U.S. economy, Boehner—who will most likely be Speaker of the House of Representatives if his party wins the midterm elections—opposes tough regulation of the financial, mortgage and credit card companies. Is it any wonder why?
All of these anti-worker candidates and dozens more are receiving millions of dollars from the financial industry, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors and big corporations to win at any cost on November 2.
Yes, this is a troubled economy. Many of our fellow union members are on the street. And, yes, we have good reason to be frustrated at some members of both political parties who aren’t doing enough to help put Americans back to work.
But choices – and we have choices -- matter. And if we put the wrong people in control, things could get even worse.
We owe it to ourselves and our children to vote on the issues that matter to us as working people. It’s not about partisanship. It’s about our jobs and our future. Get informed, get involved and vote. We can’t afford to sit this one out.
Houston Local 716 Assistant Business Manager Paul Puente, with wife Janie
Under the guise of protecting the secret ballot, right-wing groups have placed anti-union measures on the ballots of four states
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