Union members and working people are mobilizing all over the country in labor walks, phone banks and leafletting, getting the word out about what's at stake this election. AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler has been meeting with working people and joining labor walks from coast to coast this past week.
On Wednesday, Shuler helped kick off the first local chapter of Young Emerging Labor Leaders (WA YELL) in Spokane, Wash.
Shuler thanked the young workers’ group for their activism on the Verizon and T-Mobile campaigns and encouraged the group to stay energized for Nov. 6. Shuler reminded the group that good jobs and college loans are on the line this November.
Earlier that day, Shuler addressed a Spokane labor rally, urging people to volunteer for upcoming labor walks :
The labor movement’s political strength has always come from our people power—from our ability to talk person-to-person with our co-workers and other union members—in phone banks, at the worksite and in SuperWalks. No one else has the strength on the ground we do—no one else mobilizes like we do.
On Saturday, Shuler joined IBEW electrical workers and the Greater Boston Labor Council’s Futures Committee for their labor walk near Boston, Mass. Shuler also spoke to the Plumbers and Pipefitters labor (UA) Local 12.
Shuler said Elizabeth Warren will stand with union members and working people, put Wall Street in its place. Although Scott Brown is trying to show he's one of us with his his hockey jersey and pickup truck—he’s giving outsourcers tax breaks, denying collective bargaining rights and blocking investments in jobs and progress.
Today, Shuler zipped over to Portsmouth, N.H., for a labor walk with the New Hampshire AFL-CIO and IBEW members. Shuler spoke at the Laborers International Union of North America Local 976.
Shuler says Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Ovide Lamontagne, Frank Guinta and others just like them have a vision that will bring us “right to work” for less, off-shored jobs, mass unemployment and foreclosures—all to create massive wealth for corporate CEOs and the 1 percent.
President Barack Obama and other champions of working families like Maggie Hassan and Carol Shea Porter share our values and our vision of workers’ rights, broadly shared prosperity and opportunity for all.
Shuler says it's very important that Maggie Hassan becomes the next New Hampshire governor—because she’s all that’s standing between New Hampshire working families and “right to work” for less laws.
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