It's an election year and we are quickly approaching the time when working families will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote against a whole host of extreme candidates who support policies that limit rights, make it even harder to afford a middle-class life and pad the pockets of their corporate buddies. One of the "Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections" is Tom Foley, who is running for governor in Connecticut. Here are five reasons why Foley is bad for working people:
1. Foley wants to repeal the state's law that requires employers to allow workers to earn paid sick days. He's using the same tired arguments against paid sick days that already have failed to come true in Connecticut. [The Associated Press, 7/4/14]
2. He opposes raising the state's minimum wage. [The Connecticut Mirror, 3/7/14]
3. Foley favors policies that will outsource jobs from the state. "There are probably big opportunities to save money by outsourcing," he said. [The Connecticut Mirror, 6/14/10]
4. He would end other benefits for workers, including some health care coverage requirements and existing benefits for retirees. [The Connecticut Mirror, 2/2/10; 6/14/10]
5. Foley says he should be governor because of his business experience, but his experience is laying off thousands of workers and making millions in profits off of doing so. He even went as far as to tell workers to their faces that it was their fault he closed a plant, saying "you have lost these jobs" (see video). [Forbes, 9/5/88; New Haven Register, 8/20/14; Businessweek, 7/21/86; Hartford Courant, 5/21/10; NFN, 5/22/95; Hartford Courant, 5/21/10; The New York Times, 1/14/97; The Associated Press, 4/12/98; Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 10/31/08 and 3/24/98; Norwich Bulletin, 7/29/14]
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