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November's Election and the IBEW Members
Leading the Charge for Change

Next month's elections could determine the future of the labor movement in the U.S.

"I wish that was an exaggeration," said International President Lonnie R. Stephenson. "But the truth is, our country, and especially working families and the labor movement, are at a tipping point. On one side, it's more of the same attacks on union members, stagnant wages and wealth flowing to the top 1 percent. And on the other side, it's a Congress and state and local officials who are willing to work with us to make sure the economy works for every American, no matter their income."

Thankfully, Stephenson's concerns haven't fallen on deaf ears. Across America, IBEW members have stood up and demanded change.

In Missouri, union members faced down out-of-state billionaires and special interests in August to reject right-to-work by an overwhelming 2-to-1 margin. In public-sector workplaces, union members are recommitting to their unions and to one another in the wake of the outrageous, union-busting Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court ruling. In Atlanta, 700 gas and electric workers stood together in one of the IBEW's largest organizing campaigns of the year.

But it doesn't stop there. As November approaches, an extraordinary number of members are taking their commitment a step further, throwing their hats into the ring to run for public office, from Congress to statehouses, city councils, school boards and more.

In this issue, you'll hear directly from a few of those candidates about the issues that matter most to them and find out what pushed them to stand up for change. Many of those issues are on the ballot in November, and while there won't be an IBEW sister or brother running for every office, there is often a clear choice between a candidate who will stand with working families and one who will choose to side with billionaires and CEOs without thinking twice.

"I'm constantly awed by my IBEW brothers and sisters who take the brave step of running for public office," Stephenson said. "We need more of them at every level of government because no one — no matter how much they're with us — understands our issues like our own members.

"Between now and Nov. 6, we all need to get out and work like hell to make sure we put more of our friends in a position to help. This is our chance to elect candidates who are willing to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us on the issues that matter to working families."

Across America, IBEW members are serving in office or seeking office, standing up to corporate greed and government policies that put workers' interests at the back of the line.


Editor's Note: This list is not intended to be comprehensive. There are hundreds of IBEW members across the U.S. and Canada in office or seeking office, and we thank each of them for standing up for working class values and the right to join together in union.

What's at Stake?

Health Care
Gutted: Premiums are rising while coverage is shrinking thanks to repeated attacks on the Affordable Care Act backed by the White House and the Republican-controlled Congress.

Missing: While roads and bridges crumble, the Trump administration's plan to fund infrastructure projects is nowhere to be found.

Ripped Off: Enforcement of the fiduciary rule, designed to help working people better plan for retirement and not be deceived by unscrupulous advisors, has been delayed repeatedly.

Stolen: The Republican-controlled House Budget Committee proposed cutting $145 billion from federal workers' pensions.

Steamrolled: The NLRB issued five decisions in one week alone that rolled back rights and protections for working people.

No Transparency: The Department of Labor rescinded the persuader rule, which was designed to bring more transparency to union elections.

Wages and Jobs
Down: Real wages (adjusted for inflation) for non-management employees are falling despite a booming economy.

Killed: The Trump administration refused to support an Obama-era rule to increase the number of people eligible for overtime pay. Had the administration defended it in court, 4 million more working people could have seen their paychecks increase substantially.

Rejected: The U.S. Supreme Court decided in favor of employers when it upheld an arbitration case, effectively making it harder for working people to join together collectively.

Workplace Safety
Abandoned: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is down at least 40 workplace safety inspectors.

Exposed: Roughly 850 rules have been withdrawn, reversed or delayed since Trump took office.

No Accountability: A rule that required employers to maintain illness and injury records for five years has been slashed to six months.

Rep. Donald Norcross

Folsom, N.J., Local 351
Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (incumbent)

New Jersey Rep. Donald Norcross is the highest-ranking elected IBEW member in the U.S. The Local 351 inside wireman has represented New Jersey's 1st Congressional district since 2014.

On the stump, Norcross has a favorite way of introducing himself.

"There are 218 lawyers in Congress and only one electrician," he says. "It's clear we need more people in elected office that understand the importance of a fair day's pay for a hard day's work."

Norcross first ran for office in 2009, winning a seat in the New Jersey State Assembly more than 30 years after starting his apprenticeship.

"All the issues that my IBEW brothers and sisters live through and experience shape my work in Congress," he said. "Early in my career, I was a single parent having to balance two nights of apprenticeship school, making it to work in the morning and being a parent. During this time, I was earning $4.13 an hour and, throughout my decades-long career, when construction work was slow, or I was injured on the job, I was thankful for unemployment and disability insurance."

During his four years in Congress, Norcross has sponsored dozens of bills to improve the lives of working families. The Workplace Democracy Act makes it faster and easier for workers to come together in union and makes it harder for corporations to get around worker demands for collective bargaining. The 529 Opening Paths to Invest in Our Nation's Students (OPTIONS) Act enables individuals enrolled in apprenticeship programs to fund tools and equipment for the program out of a tax-free college savings plan. The Raise the Wage Act would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

But Norcross doesn't have enough like-minded colleagues — people who have made their living outside law firms and boardrooms — to get the bills passed. He wants company.

"Our members know, firsthand, the benefits of coming together to raise our voices in the workplace; I encourage everyone to carry that message to voters and to our leaders," he said. "I encourage those members running for public office to speak to their real-life experiences. You, too, can go from a construction site to Congress and have the honor to represent America's workers each and every day."


Rep. Donald Norcross

"It's clear we need more people in elected office that understand the importance of a fair
day's pay for a hard
day's work."

Cory McCray
Baltimore Local 24
Running for: Maryland State Senate

Campaigning to represent working people in Maryland's state Senate is the "hardest I've ever worked in my life," said Cory McCray.

It was always going to be an uphill battle: The Democratic representative from Northeast Baltimore has served in the state's House of Delegates since 2015; his primary opponent for the Senate seat had held it for more than 20 years.

But the Local 24 organizer, the sole member of the trades in the House, saw Senate service as an opportunity to advocate strongly for worker-focused issues ranging from voting rights to the need for more apprenticeship opportunities.

McCray's hard work paid off — he won by 17 points. No Republicans ran for the seat, so he'll assume office in January.

For an IBEW member thinking about going into politics, "have a firm idea of what you want to accomplish," he advised. "Learn the basics — how to keep track of data, raise money, be familiar with neighborhoods, build your universe." But don't forget why you're there.

It probably won't be easy. "But when you see bills that affect apprenticeships — when you can actually do something — you remember that a lot of people are counting on us to be successful," he said.



Cory McCray

"When you can actually
do something … you remember that a lot of people are counting on
us to be successful."
Sen. Paul Feeney
Boston Local 2222
Running for: Massachusetts State Senate (incumbent)

Paul Feeney is in a hurry. A Verizon central office technician by trade, he ran Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign in Massachusetts and Connecticut, was a selectman for the town of Foxborough, and served as the legislative director for Local 2222.

Last year, he won a special election for an open seat in the Massachusetts state Senate, and now he is running for his first full term. He's also a licensed pyrotechnician — launcher of fireworks for the layman — which may be the only way to explain how he rocketed through the state's typically-crowded political world.

Since his election, Feeney has been doing the important and unglamorous work that makes government work for working people, sponsoring and cosponsoring bills that protect vulnerable children, fund athletic facilities and prevent bureaucratic overreach in collecting student debt.

Feeney chairs the committee on public service and sits on joint committees for public health, consumer protection and professional licensure.

"Regular working-class people in our communities deserve a voice in the Massachusetts Senate," Feeney said. "It starts in this district, but it can happen anywhere. No one understands our issues better than we do, and it's time for more of us to run for office."



Sen. Paul Feeney

Sen. Kevin Cavanaugh
Manchester, N.H., Local 2320
Running for: New Hampshire State Senate (incumbent)

Serving in the New Hampshire Senate has always been a rich man's job. The five-month session each year comes with a total salary of $100. It's a commitment most working people can't afford to make.

But state Sen. Kevin Cavanaugh, assistant business manager of Local 2320, is different.

"I'm lucky to have some flexibility," said Cavanaugh, who remarkably also serves as one of 14 Manchester aldermen. "We have great politicians, but how many people have blue-collar backgrounds? That voice is needed, but it is rare," he said.

Cavanaugh was a telecommunications line worker for close to two decades. In his race for alderman, he used the connections he made in the labor community and as an enthusiastic coach for kids' sports. "If I didn't know everyone, I knew their kids," he said.

In the state Senate, Cavanaugh is focused on workforce development. New Hampshire has low unemployment, but an aging workforce. He and the voters in his district want to make sure their kids have those good jobs someday.

"We all want our kids to have good jobs nearby, where we can see them without getting on a plane," he said. "This unites business and workers, right and left. That is where we find common ground. I couldn't have won this without talking with people from all sides of the political spectrum and saying, 'We want to do right for your family and your kids.'"



Sen. Kevin Cavanaugh

Donald McKinney
Fort Smith, Ark., Local 700
Running for: Arkansas House of Representatives

Donald McKinney wants to one day lead the repeal of Arkansas' right-to-work law, which dates back to 1944. In the meantime, the journeyman inside wireman plans to give the state's working families a much-needed voice.

"My campaign is all about small business and the working man," said McKinney, a Local 700 organizer and the Democratic nominee in District 81. "Most of my district is made up of blue-collar men and women, and I just focus on their issues."

The district is a rural area in northwest Arkansas, where McKinney faces a first-term Republican. But he knows unseating him won't be easy. The GOP has a 76-24 advantage in the state House and his opponent got 72 percent of the vote in the 2016 election.

He's found that local voters who lean Republican are receptive to his message of protecting workers' rights. He's promised to fight for a raise for public school teachers, for instance.

Now, the plan is to convince those voters to switch allegiances when they enter the voting booth. As an organizer, McKinney is accustomed to getting people to view something differently. That's why he decided to run.

"I tell the truth with how I feel about things and they seem to respect that," he said. "They also seem to respect that I'm a blue-collar worker running for office. I'm not part of the status quo. I understand what they're going through."



Donald McKinney

"[Voters] seem to respect that I'm a blue-collar worker running for office. I'm not part of the status quo. I understand what they're going through."

Shawn Judson
Lakewood, N.J., Local 1289
Running for: Lacey Township Council

In Lacey Township, N.J., the U.S.'s oldest operating nuclear plant is shutting down.

"They're saying, 'It's going to be OK,'" said Shawn Judson, referring to the township's governing committee. "They're just not telling us how it's going to be OK."

To get answers for her fellow union members who live in the Jersey Shore community and work at Exelon's Oyster Creek Generating Station, Judson is running again for a spot on the town council.

Her first try was in 2012. Although she lost in her quest for a seat on the five-member committee held exclusively by Republican men, the first-time Democratic Party candidate received nearly a quarter of the votes cast.

"Our town has no dissenting vote or voice on the council, definitely no one representing working families," she said in explaining her motivation to run again. "There has to be a willingness to have everybody work together."

Supported by Local 1289's leaders, the union activist said she's staying away from partisan politics, connecting with residents on issues such as jobs, drugs, alternate energy sources and even speed humps.

Judson encourages other women to considering running for office, too. "I tell them that they can do it," she said. "It can be tough, but don't be afraid to step up."



Shawn Judson

Pam Hacker
Philadelphia Local 98
Running for: Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Pam Hacker will have spent 35 years on jobsites when she retires in March. The journeyman inside wireman hopes to start a new career at about the same time.

Hacker is the Democratic nominee in Pennsylvania District 26, up against a near three-decade incumbent. She decided to run because she was convinced her opponent was increasingly out of touch with his constituents, even declining to vote on some controversial legislation.

"I am fighting for those who actually do the work," said Hacker, who was one of the first 12 women to take part in Norristown, Pa., Local 380's apprenticeship program when she was initiated in 1984. "The kudos goes to the people who propose and run the work, and that's important, but I will look out for the guy who works because that is where my roots are."

Both of Hacker's parents were union members. Being an IBEW member convinced her unions are the best way to ensure equal pay for women. She noted that skilled workers on a jobsite work together collaboratively for a project's success. She'll bring the same mindset to the statehouse.

"This is my way of giving back," said Hacker, who served on the Local 380 executive board before it was absorbed into Philadelphia Local 98. "Our members and our union leaders who fight to support and protect labor need legislators in Harrisburg who will do the same."



Pam Hacker

"Our members and our union leaders who fight to support and protect labor need legislators in Harrisburg who will do the same."

Mike Walter
St. Louis Local 1439
Running for: Missouri House of Representatives

Mike Walter was active in local politics throughout his IBEW career, which culminated with a 10-year run as business manager and six years on the International Executive Council. Requests to run for public office were common.

Now, since his retirement in 2017, he's convinced the time is right.

First, the Missouri Legislature passed a right-to-work law. Voters later rejected it by a 2-1 margin during an August referendum, but it reminded Walter that leaders with a labor background are needed more than ever.

Second, he got a call from Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, whom he has known for several years, urging him to get active.

"She told me, 'Your name has been thrown around a lot,'" Walter said. "I know your career with the IBEW. I know you know how to herd cats, and I know you know hard work. I would love for you to do this.'"

So, Walter is running for an open seat in District 95 in south St. Louis County. He advanced to the general election after running unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Walter said he has lived in the district for 32 years and it leans Republican, but most of the voters are moderates, no matter their political party. He thinks those voters are ready for a pro-working family message.

"Our strategy is to make sure labor is motivated and gets out again, like it did for the right-to-work vote," said Walter. "I want to be a voice for the working people of Missouri."



Mike Walter

Jason Woolard
West Frankfort, Ill., Local 702
Running for: Illinois House of Representatives

Jason Woolard has long been active in the southern Illinois community where he was born and raised. He served eight years on a local school board and always thought there might come a time to run for higher office.

That came in 2016, when his home district elected a state representative with little regard for working families and who aligned closely with Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has made contempt for unions a central part of his administration.

Woolard, a Local 702 business agent, ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and now will face the incumbent in November.

"I always said if there was a need, I would run," he said. "After the last election, I know the time was right."

The 117th District is socially conservative but often elects leaders who side with working families. In many ways, Woolard is a return to that tradition.

He vows to protect workers' rights and add good-paying jobs to the area — much like he does as a business agent — while fighting against tax increases on working families. Illinois has well-documented budget problems, but Woolard said efforts to fix them too often fall on the backs of middle-class families.

"I think our message is resonating not just with labor people, but with the general public on what labor unions have done for southern Illinois," he said. "We've built and protected the middle class, and I plan to keep doing that in the Legislature."



Jason Woolard

"[Union members] built and protected the middle class, and I plan to keep doing that in the Legislature."

Mike Ellison
Salem, Ore., Local 280
Running for: Oregon House of Representatives

All candidates talk about the economy, but few of them are out knocking on doors in a working-class neighborhood an hour after hanging up their tool belt for the day.

"When I tell them I'm an electrician and that this is my first time running for office, it really opens up the conversation," Mike Ellison says. "They can see I'm someone like them, not a politician standing at their door."

Even right-leaning voters have been receptive to the Democrat on their doorstep. "Oregon is experiencing one of the most prosperous economic periods in our history, but none of us are really feeling it," Ellison says. "People's wages haven't gone up. The only thing going up is prices."

Another thing going up: class sizes, and the stress that school budget cuts are putting on working families. Voters are fed up, and as the father of three boys, so is Ellison. It's a critical way the "booming" economy is failing the people he wants to serve.

"In order to have an economy that works for all of us, we need to elect working-class people," he says. "There's not enough representation for everyday workers who get up in the morning and go earn a paycheck. I tell people, 'If you're a working person, I'm fighting for you, whether you vote for me or not.'"



Mike Ellison

Jennie Sherwood
Las Vegas Local 357
Running for: Nevada Assembly

Political newcomer Jennie Sherwood beat the odds in her June primary and if she can do it again in November, Nevada has a shot at electing the nation's first majority-female legislature. And that's not all.

"If I'm elected, there's a high probability that Democrats will have both houses for the second straight session," Sherwood says. "That means we can continue to fight to reverse hits that workers took under Republican control, like securing our collective bargaining rights, solidifying prevailing wage and fending off attacks on retirement security."

Proactively, she's eager to fight for expanded apprenticeships, affordable health care for all Nevadans and higher wages.

Support from union brothers and sisters has been "an amazing feeling," she says, as is the response from would-be constituents. "Talking to voters really means listening to voters. I knock on doors all the time, and when voters hear that you're there, that they can reach out to you, it means everything. It's inspiring and keeps me going."

She can feel victory within reach. "There are enough of us out there on the job every day that if we come together to support the candidates that will fight for us, and if we show up at the polls, our votes can win elections. We have a lot of power. We just have to use it."



Jennie Sherwood

Bill Troutman
Reading, Pa., Local 743
Running for: Pennsylvania State Senate

A journeyman electrician and union activist, Bill Troutman's political goals are laser-focused on workers and working families: a higher minimum wage, quality affordable health care, derailing right-to-work legislation, helping small businesses create jobs and more.

If he gets the chance to fight those battles as a Pennsylvania state senator, he believes he can open more people's eyes to the value of unions. "People don't hate higher wages, job protections, benefits or safe workplaces," he says, but with so many lies peddled about unions, "they just don't know the truth."

"If the people trying to destroy our unions get their way, does anyone honestly think they're going to stop? No. They're going to go after rights and protections that help all working families — equal opportunity, family leave, overtime, anything they can get their hands on."

It's vital, Troutman says, for all voters "to understand what's really at stake here. This election, this political moment we're in, is about what we've accomplished in the last hundred or so years — not only in terms of labor, but in civil rights; in women's rights; in making our air; water and soil safe; in fair housing; in supporting people with disabilities; in the very idea that America works best when we all do better."



Bill Troutman

Marty Moylan
Chicago Local 134
Running for: Illinois House of Representatives (incumbent)

Three-term Illinois House member Marty Moylan spends many days knocking on doors and speaking with constituents. The retired electrician isn't about to relax on a beach somewhere.

"It's important that we get our members to run for office," said Moylan, who previously served as the mayor of Des Plaines, Ill. "One person can make a difference. Sometimes, it's lonely. You have to spend a lot of time away from your family, but the outcome is always for the greater good.

"You can explain better than anyone how our workers are better trained and have the knowledge to get the job done."

Moylan is seeking a fourth term this November. He represents a competitive district in the Chicago suburbs that includes Des Plaines. His first two wins were by narrow margins, but he won by nearly 20 points in 2014.

Much of his focus is on jobs and property taxes, two issues that mean the most to his constituents. But he led an effort in the House last year to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a pro-union, anti-right-to-work bill that failed by a single vote.

Still, Moylan remains committed to fighting right-to-work in the state, despite Rauner's best efforts.

"When you talk about jobs," he said, "that's what gets our members out to vote."



Marty Moylan

Who Will Fight for Us?

The depth chart for pro-worker, union-endorsed candidates on the ballot in November is stronger than ever. At every level of government, your votes are critical. Who stands with working people in your local, state and congressional races? Here's a small coast-to-coast sample:

Tony Evers
Wisconsin governor's race

Challenging a governor infamous for union busting, Evers opposes right-to-work and Wisconsin's Act 10, which drastically curtailed public workers' bargaining rights. He wants to reverse GOP damage to prevailing wage and repeal laws that deny localities their right to pass living-wage and other worker protections. Evers is a career educator and state superintendent; incumbent Gov. Scott Walker, in his first term, cut more than $1 billion in school funding.

❙ Key goals: Infrastructure investment; Medicaid expansion; higher minimum wage; reverse attacks on voting rights; non-partisan redistricting.



Tony Evers

Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan governor's race

As a state lawmaker, Whitmer fought for working people, forging bipartisan coalitions to expand Medicaid and raise the minimum wage, among other wins. She joined workers' protests when Gov. Rick Synder locked down the state Capitol as Republicans jammed an anti-union right-to-work bill through the legislature.

❙ Key goals: Rebuilding Michigan's crumbling infrastructure, creating thousands of jobs; job training programs for veterans and all workers.



Gretchen Whitmer

Lisa Brown
U.S. House race, Washington state District 5

An economist and past state lawmaker who served as Senate majority leader, Brown fought for health care and job creation initiatives benefiting working families. Running against an incumbent on End Citizens United's list of the 20 members of Congress most bankrolled by corporate PACs, Brown is relying on grassroots support and is committed to campaign finance reform and transparency.

❙ Key goals: Quality, affordable health care; protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare; boosting family-wage jobs through investments in infrastructure and education.



Lisa Brown

Richard Cordray
Ohio governor's race

As the first director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Cordray oversaw the return of nearly $12 billion to 30 million people harmed by Wall Street abuses that collapsed the economy in 2008. Earlier, fighting for working people as Ohio's attorney general, he recovered more than $2 billion for defrauded teachers and retirees.

❙ Key goals: Medicaid expansion; a better, lower-cost state health care system; major infrastructure investment; workforce development.



Richard Cordray

Sen. Tina Smith
U.S. Senate race, Minnesota

A champion of unions, job training programs, paid family and medical leave, retirement security and other policies that help working families, Smith was appointed in January to fill Sen. Al Franken's seat. Previously the state's lieutenant governor, her efforts helped cut unemployment to one of the lowest rates in the country.

❙ Key goals: Strengthening workers' freedom to join unions and bargain collectively; relieving the burden of student debt.



Sen. Tina Smith

Stacey Abrams
Georgia governor's race

The first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and the first African-American to lead in the state's House of Representatives, Abrams helped register thousands of voters of color and create and retain countless jobs. She has stopped measures to raise taxes on working families and brokered compromises that led to progress on transportation, infrastructure, and education.

❙ Key goals: Affordable housing, education, energy, health care, infrastructure, veterans.



Stacey Abrams

JB Pritzker
Illinois governor's race

A businessman, Pritzker supports strong collective bargaining rights, wage theft enforcement, project labor agreements and other worker protections. Extreme anti-union Gov. Bruce Rauner opposes them all, and even filed the original lawsuit that led to the Supreme Court's damaging Janus v. AFSCME ruling in June. Telling the rags-to-riches story of his great-grandfather, Pritzker stresses the role social services and public schools played: "You can't pull yourself up by your bootstraps if you don't have any."

❙ Key goals: Quality, affordable health care; higher minimum wage; job-creating infrastructure investments; incentives for manufacturing growth.



JB Pritzker

Gil Cisneros
U.S. House race, California District 39

A health care and education advocate who's never held public office, Cisneros is vying for a seat vacated by a 25-year anti-union incumbent. He learned firsthand how working families suffer without health care when his Vietnam veteran father, ill from Agent Orange, lost his medical insurance. A lottery winner in 2010, he has plugged his winnings into scholarships and education programs.

❙ Key goals: Raising the minimum wage; lowering middle-class taxes while cutting special interest tax breaks; strengthening Obamacare; protecting Social Security and Medicare.



Gil Cisneros

Randy Bryce
U.S. House race, Wisconsin District 1

Proud union Ironworker Randy Bryce has been a pro-worker bolt of lightning on the campaign trail since deciding last year to challenge House Speaker Paul Ryan, who later announced he would not seek re-election. A cancer survivor with ailing parents, Bryce was spurred to run by Ryan's attacks on Obamacare, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

❙ Key goals: Medicare for All; pass Butch Lewis Act to protect union pensions; fully staff OSHA; make middle-class tax cuts permanent.



Randy Bryce


Why We Serve

Not every important race in the U.S. is decided in November. Not every important office is even elected. These are a few more of our sisters and brothers in key positions in their communities who have something to say about why they serve.

Jeannette Bradshaw, Detroit Local 58
Michigan State Board of Canvassers
❝ I find it fascinating and humbling to be in this position. You learn a lot about election systems and it allows you to educate people. Having someone from the building trades here, from the IBEW, is vital. We can have a huge impact.❞

Dan Bukiewicz, Milwaukee Local 494

Mayor, Oak Creek, Wis.
❝ It's important to have a union voice in politics, to have the perspective of someone who goes to work every day. Look at all the rollbacks of safety regulations. Legislators would think differently about it if it affected them personally.❞

Curt Brauer, Milwaukee Local 494
County Supervisor, Sheboygan County, Wis.
❝ I've always believed that you can't complain if you're not going to participate. You have to get involved to make sure your issues are represented right. Look at the attacks on unions and other working people in Wisconsin. If that doesn't show the importance of getting involved, what does?❞

Brady Weiss, Eau Claire, Wis., Local 953
Mayor, Mondovi, Wis.
❝ Unions support more than just their members. We're not a 'special interest' like they say. Our special interest is working people, the people who get up every day and go to their jobs.❞

David Palmer, Helena, Mont., Local 233
Chief Executive, Butte-Silver-Bow County, Mont.
❝ Your voice is important. If you're not involved, you get what we have in Washington. They're trying to take out unions. We need to get back to the issues working families have always championed: health care, wages and jobs.❞

Jason Bowman, Sioux City, Iowa, Local 231
Councilman, South Sioux City, Iowa
❝ Sometimes we celebrate an election night win but later learn they decided to not be a true friend of the working class, and that's what ultimately convinced me to become active in politics. I encourage all among our ranks to consider serving the public as candidates. When labor is elected, the working class wins.❞