October 2012
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Also In This Issue Romney vs. Obama: Side by Side on the issues read_more

Paul Ryan's evolving conservatism read_more

Mitt Romney's union-free America read_more

Under Obama, new GI Bill, hiring initiatives help vets read_more

Job growth under
President Obama read_more

Bill of Rights marches on, in Tampa and Charlotte read_more

IBEW Mobilizes for Races
    Montana read_more
    Ohio read_more
    Nevada read_more
    Florida read_more
    Massachusetts read_more
    Pennsylvania read_more

North of 49°
IBEW Organizing
North of 49° read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Syndicalisation au Nord du 49° parallèle read_more

June IEC minutes read_more

Fee Payers Plan read_more






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Two Visions for America

President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney both say that it's time to restore the American Dream — the reputation of our nation as a place where those who want to work find jobs and contribute to society, a land where the sons and daughters of workers can honor the opportunity to rise to lead our finest institutions and our nation itself.

We don't question the sincerity of either man's commitment to our highest values.

But elections are about choices. And, as progressive and practical trade unionists, we need to decide which candidate's policies have and will put our economy and working families in the best position to weather the storms of a changing and uncertain world for the next four years.

Democrats have criticized Romney for failing to propose any comprehensive plan to speed America's economic recovery.

But there is one exception to this critique. And — as IBEW members decide how to vote in November — that exception makes all the difference for everyone in our nation who works hard and plays by the rules.

Mitt Romney, as this issue of the Electrical Worker amply reveals, has been absolutely clear and unambiguous about his opposition to unions in America.

Romney has pledged to continue the war on union members that has been waged by his Republican cronies from Wisconsin to Indiana, from Maine to Michigan. He supported Gov. John Kasich in his move to block collective bargaining in Ohio, a bill that was overturned by a campaign and referendum led by organized labor.

If we value our right to a voice on the job, our right to negotiate with our employers for decent wages and benefits and, most of all, a society that grows from the middle of the income scale outward instead of from the top down, IBEW members would be making a grave mistake to place the leadership of our nation in the hands of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. read_more

  Local Lines

Officers Column Hill & Chilia: Time for a Choice read_more

TransitionsJon Henrich; Terry Luckett; Jerry Wilson read_more

CircuitsHuntington Shipyard Graduates Apprentices read_more

LettersMore Scott Walkers?;
Putting Politics Aside read_more

Spotlight on SafetyCampaign Seeks to Stop Construction Falls read_more

Who We AreTragedy to Triumph at First Energy's Toledo Edison read_more