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This Elections Is Too Important To Be A Bystander

In 4 weeks and 6 days we have an election that will be critical to the future of the Labor Movement. What are you doing to help Union friendly candidates get elected?

This is too important to become a bystander. The union busting GOP  are counting on you to be disillusioned with President Obama and politics in general. They have been using that strategy since gaining control of Congress in 2010. Mitch McConnell Republican leader in the Senate stated in October 2010 “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one term president”

The Republican strategy of government gridlock has had disastrous consequences for our country. Last summer we had the Republican manufactured debt ceiling controversy. Republicans never seemed to mention their icon Ronald Reagan raised the debt ceiling 18 times during his presidency. Instead they blamed it all on Obama in an arrogant political maneuver. This resulted in the United States form of government to be a laughingstock to the rest of the world. It lowered the US credit rating and more perilously have placed this country near a fiscal cliff with  possible  sequestration in January 2013.

The Republican party has blocked every jobs bill the past two years. In the Senate they have used the filibuster to stymie debate every time jobs legislation is introduced. They then run on the jobs issue.  It’s maddening and they use this type of strategy to not only hurt Obama but to reinforce their message that government can not accomplish anything and especially not  create jobs. This constant anti government mantra has a demoralizing effect on the electorate. They are convinced that the electorate will be  so disengaged they can get  away with anything and sell day for night. How can this type of politics not get you enraged?

This extreme anti union wing of the Republican Party has been bashing unions every chance they get. They want public sector unions to lose the right to collectively bargain. They are pushing for a National  Right to Work for Less bill. They plain and simple hate unions. So how the hell can this be an election where you don’t get involved?

Many in our Labor Movement are angry that the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) was never introduced. It seemed that it would have been a top priority for this administration but in the few months that they had a super majority in the Senate it was never acted upon. This is a reason many in the Labor movement didn’t get active in the mid term elections and look what chaos and hardship that has brought. Lets be real here. Sitting on our the sideline  watching Republicans getting elected is going to do us more harm than the benefits EFCA would have brought us.

Get involved in any way you are comfortable with. Write postcards, knock on doors, spread the word to your work or social network, hold signs at a visibility or make phone calls. The AFL-CIO has a very effective LABOR 2012 program if you are interested give them a call at 603-623-7302.  The time is now







About Bill Brickley

Bill is a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, serves on the NH Letter Carrier Executive Board as State Legislative Liaison. Also serves on the NH AFL-CIO Executive Board. Former NH Area Coordinator Amnesty International and NH Labor News Blogger Follow him on twitter @BillBrickley@NHSALC
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