This weekend I took some time off of work and went out to talk politics to some of my ‘neighbors’ in Nashua. A labor walk organized by the NH AFL-CIO focused on getting union members out knocking on the doors of other union members to encourage them to vote. The ‘Labor 2012’ is focused on electing labor friendly politicians in Concord, and in Washington D.C.
I have already talked about how important it is to get out an vote this year now we are telling the union members in Nashua personally.
We started with a short briefing on the issues from Judy Stadtman, the community organizer for the NH AFL-CIO. She gave us a few points to remember as we talk to other members. The focus around state level candidates was how they voted on Right To Work for Less legislation last year. This was a truly bi-partisan message.
While all the elected Democrats opposed Right To Work for Less there were many Republicans who also opposed RTW for Less. One of those Republicans was State Rep Mike McCarthy. Mike is an IBEW Member from Massachusetts. He works for Verizon and durning a two week time last year he was also on strike with the 45,000 other Verizon workers on the east coast. Mike was happy to join us for this walk around Nashua and was eager to talk to other members about the importance of protecting the rights of working people in New Hampshire.
Also joining us for the Nashua walk were former State Senators (and current candidates) Peg Gilmour and Betty Laskey. Both of these former senators know the importance of getting out and greeting the people. They have been advocates against Right To Work and Speaker O’Brien’s extreme agenda since they started their AM Radio program, “The Granite State View”.
It is important that we get our message out to our members. We need them to understand that this election could mean the survival of the middle class here in New Hampshire. The NH AFL-CIO will be hosting Labor Walks all over the state for the next few months. Be sure to contact Dan Justice for more information.