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What Could Sweeter Than 2008 Election? 2012

Union Vote

After receiving a gut wrenching kick in the electoral stomach in 2010 we just witnessed an enormous 180 degree turnaround in just two years. We got almost everything we asked for except a Democratic Congress. That was gerrymandered out of reach by a Republican win in 2010. We did the next best thing though, we turned New Hampshire blue against an onslaught of the Citizen’s United enabled Republican money machine. Facts matter and we didn’t cave to the outside money interest that swarmed into the Granite State.

We now have some friends in Washington that we can count on. We gained in the House and the Senate. It will prove to be way friendlier to fixing the financial ills of the Postal Service than the previous Congress. We did all that we could and more. We had help from Massachusetts with the election of Elizabeth Warren. I pray they put her on a banking committee so she can ask the tough questions to Wall St. manipulators. You know the ones that squandered away trillions of hard earned workers savings! For us here in New Hampshire we have two wonderful women totally on board for Letter Carriers. Carol Shea-Porter has already proven herself with two terms previously and Ann Kuster was vetted in 2010 by our legislative department and was our endorsed candidate. They will be there 100% for us.

Governor Hassan and a Democratic New Hampshire House is just the cherry on top. We know that an attack on New Hampshire working families is just the precursor to an attack on all workers in the country including letter carriers. Besides our agenda in Washington which is fixing the financial woes of the Postal Service we need to protect bargaining agreements right here for State and municipal workers and teachers. Also in New Hampshire we need to begin the dialogue with our State government for a no fault absentee ballot and eventually a vote by mail system that seems to work fine in 26 other states. This will go a long way towards putting a damper on phony voter fraud legislation requiring us to provide ID’s at the polls.

Lastly I would like to thank the 70% of Letter Carriers that supported us in this last election by voting for our endorsed candidates. For whatever reason the other 30% could not support candidates that will vote to protect their jobs, good luck to you, you will still enjoy good wages and benefits. New Hampshire Letter Carriers scored among the top percentage of workers endorsing and going to the polls and actually voting. As a union President I could not be prouder. I was especially proud at my last union meeting when I read out the names and asked to stand the letter carriers that volunteered for the last election. A third of the room was standing. Way to Go!

This Election, Labor Leads The Way

Lou SAPS

The NALC has again shown why it is among the best unions in the land. Realizing our Unions very existence was at stake. The NALC sent hundreds of Carriers into the field to work full time on AFL CIO’s LABOR 2012 program. That decision paid off as unions worked hard and brought home some much-needed victories for the Labor Movement and the Postal Service. As good as this victory was we still have many obstacles to overcome.

The NALC, APWU and NPMHU had their very existence at stake on November 6th. Romney had full intention of eliminating our jobs and privatizing the USPS if given the chance.  Postal Unions worked together in New Hampshire to elect President Barrack Obama, Governor Maggie Hassan, long time friend Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, and also welcomed a union friendly Congresswoman Annie McLane-Kuster to Congress. Our three unions were an effective team working together throughout the state to ensure our survival.

Possibly now this nation can address real problems as a country not imaginary ones. The right wing media loves using phony issues to distract the public. They want voters to vote against their own economic interests; they try to accomplish this by manufacturing an alternate reality.  Rachel Madow accurately pointed this out on November 7th.

Ohio really did go to the president

And he really did win.
And he really was born in Hawaii.
And he really is -legitimately- President of the United States.
Again.

And the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make-up a fake unemployment rate
And the Congressional Research Service really can find no evidence
That cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy.

And the polls were not skewed to over-sample Democrats.
And Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election to make conservatives feel bad.
He was doing math.

And climate change is real.
And rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes.
And evolution is a thing.
And Benghazi was an attack on us. It was not a scandal by us.

And no one is taking away anyone’s guns.
And taxes haven’t gone up.
And the deficit is dropping, actually.
And Saddam Hussein didn’t have weapons of mass destruction.

And the moon landing was real.
And FEMA isn’t building concentration camps.
And UN election observers aren’t taking over Texas.
And moderate reforms of the regulations on the insurance industry
And the financial services industry
Are not the same thing as communism

So one of the real topics that must be dealt with is the financial situation of the Postal Service. President Rolando challenged Congress: “Addressing in a responsible manner the future of the Postal Service would, indeed, be a good place for all sides to demonstrate a commitment to effective governing,” Rolando said. “Legislation currently before Congress in both chambers fails to meet the grade, because it would dismantle the universal network that provides Americans with the world’s most efficient delivery service, while degrading those very services and hence driving mail and revenue out of the system.”

One ballot question that was of particular interest to Letter Carriers was a ballot question in Michigan that would repeal Public Act 4. That act and implementation by Governor Snyder was the model Congressman Issa used to create his Postal Bill HR 2309. The most controversial aspect of Michigan’s Public Act 4 was one that allowed emergency managers to amend or scrap collective bargaining agreements under certain circumstances. This was how Mr. Issa was going to take away our collective bargaining rights. In Michigan that Act was repealed by the Voters! Hopefully Mr. Issa takes note and he will allow reasonable postal reform proposals to be heard in his committee.

Though this election was a major win for the Labor Movement and the Middle Class we still have much work to do. We as Letter carriers have to be vigilant and make our voices heard as Congress debates our future as well as the Postal Services as they attempt to rectify this manufactured crisis. The quality of our lives for decades to follow depends on it.

 

And Occupy the Election We Did!

Carol Shea-Poter and NHALC

Left to right
Lew Henry, Wayne Alterisio, Carol Shea-Porter, and Bill Brickley

And Occupy the Election We Did!

I started posting on this website with a plea that we needed to get members engaged in this upcoming election because in 2010 we had our heads summarily handed to us on a platter. Mostly because of a pitiful voter turnout which invariably leads to huge Republican gains which translates into an attack on working families and the Labor movement overall. What we saw happen in Wisconsin was a prelude to what was about to happen to the rest of the nation.

Ann Kuster and NH Letter Carriers from the Union Night at the Fishercats

Newly elected Republican politicians turned 8 years of a Bush’s two wars and a ruinous Wall St. financial miss-step as a reason to lay-off teachers and dismantle bargaining agreements. You know what, aided by the conservative main street media, it worked! With the aid of ALEC generated legislation and flipped State Legislatures from blue to red, the onslaught began. It wasn’t long before the fight came here to New Hampshire. It was not just an attack on Labor with “right to work” but a host of crazy nutty legislation that was right out of a Fellini movie. Besides the phony claim that voter fraud was rampant in the country requiring us to set up an expensive time consuming voter ID system it was things we could have never imagined. It was things like being able to carry weapons on the House floor and on College campuses. My favorite was taking away lunch for State employees.

The Bill O’Brien Republican House was secret about its attacks never divulging their agenda or when legislation would be introduced. It was just a constant vigil. Democrats when they held the House always posted their agenda on pending legislation for the upcoming week. That is the fair and open thing to do.

This onslaught was not limited to Labor. It was also aimed at a women’s right to control her body and her decision as to when to start a family. That was probably a bigger mistake than attacking Labor. That has already been decided by the Supreme Court. All indications were pointing to Republicans wanting to change that decision. Their voting block was substantially larger. Coupled with the fact that the ethnic voter was not seeing jobs coming their way any too soon doomed the anti-fact checking Republican Party.

No poll or amount of corporate money and influence can stop a tidal wave of votes. Not in New Hampshire. Politics is real close-up and personal here. We will only succumb to logic and reason. We do fact check, and that drives our vote! We occupied the election like never before. I embodied this at my last union meeting when I called out all the people to stand who helped out on the election. I called them out by name too, because I knew who they were. It wasn’t just the usual few, it was many! Thank you brothers and sisters for making this election a roaring success for hard working families.

There was no apathy and that’s how we get change!

A Statement From CWA President Larry Cohen On Election Results

“Throughout this very long political campaign, at CWA, we’ve been clear that elections are about choices. Americans who want to ensure a place for working families in our economy made a clear choice in re-electing President Obama.

Tens of thousands of our members, activists and volunteers, stepped up and did amazing work, not only in returning President Obama to office but in electing representatives who will stand with working Americans and not look for ways to cut programs that working families count on and more tax breaks for the wealthiest in our nation.

Our members and activists took a stand for democracy in many ways in Election 2012.

  • In Ohio, thousands of CWA activists, working with the Stand Up for Ohio coalition, made the difference in this election. They started more than a year ago, getting 1.3 million signatures to block the Republican plan to destroy public workers’ collective bargaining rights. They turned back a similar attempt to suppress the vote. And they mobilized to re-elect President Obama and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, among others.
  • In Pennsylvania, well before Election Day, our members, working with the NAACP, the Transport Workers Union and other groups, registered new voters in the face of the most restrictive voter identification law in the U.S. and are fighting back against a wave of voter suppression.
  • In Virginia, CWA leafleted hundreds of worksites across the states, knocked on thousands of doors in labor walks and made thousands of phone calls to support President Obama and Tim Kaine for the U.S. Senate.

CWA and our progressive allies are looking ahead, determined to work to abolish the bars to democracy that threaten our democratic process. These are: Senate rules that make progress on any issue just about impossible; the obscene amount of money in politics that was all too evident in Election 2012; voter suppression, and barriers to legalization for millions of immigrants. These have no place in our democracy. We know that the choices made this Election Day will move us closer to economic justice and democracy for all.”

Get Out There And Vote Today! Then Help GOTV!

Vote No on Question 1 2 3

Well it if finally NOV 6th 2012! Many of us are so happy that it is finally election day. Before I can rest and move on from all the election politics I want to make one more reminder.

GET OUT AND VOTE!

If you do not know where to go and vote, you can find it here.

Remember that for no reason can you be turned away from voting in New Hampshire.  Even with the new Voter ID Laws you can still register at the poll and vote  with or without an ID.   While I hope there is no problems with the new Voter ID Law there are a few ways you can help ensure this does not happen.  If you see a problem, report it immediately. Call 1-888-939-5932.  You can also review some of the changes at NH Voter Protection.

I hope by now that you have done all your research and know who you are going to vote for.   In case you have not, we hope you will support

  • Barack Obama for President / Joe Biden for Vice President
  • Maggie Hassan for NH Governor
  • Carol Shea-Porter in NH CD01
  • Ann Kuster in NH CD 02

While these are very, very important races the State Races are important too.  Take a few minutes to check your NH Progressive Voting guide.  See who has endorsed who in this election.  You can also see how they voted last year using the Granite State Progress ‘Legislator Report Card’.

Lastly, the NH Constitutional Amendments.  I have talked about these amendments since they were proposals in the house.  We are urging everyone to vote NO on Questions 1, 2, and 3.   For more information on Question 1 (taxes), or Question 2 (Court Reform). Also see Protect NH Constitution.

 The most important thing I can say is GET OUT THERE AND VOTE.  While we may agree on some issues and disagree on others your vote is important.  This election could be the closest in history and New Hampshire is one of the most important states this year.  We need everyone to get out and vote.  We also need your help getting everyone else out to vote.  Start by sharing this message on your social media. Then you can help get out the vote at one of these locations.

  • Manchester – Teamsters Local 633 – 53 Goffstown Road – Manchester, NH
  • Concord – IBEW Local 490 – 48 Airport Road – Concord, NH
  • Nashua – WH Bagshaw Company – 1 Pine Street Extension – Nashua, NH
  • Rochester – OFA Rochester office – 63 Hanson Street, Rochester, NH
  • Hampton – OFA Hampton office – 150 High Street, Hampton, NH

We will be canvassing at 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

 

The IBEW Local 98 Endorse President Obama

Ibew logo

The IBEW Local 98 from Philadelphia put out a great video a why they are endorsing President Barack Obama for President.

Mitt Romney will start his anti-union campaign on ‘Day 1′.

  • He will repeal Davis-Bacon
  • He will push for a National Right To Work (for less) Law
  • He end Project Labor Agreements on Federal Projects

For these reasons the IBEW is supporting President Obama for President.

Be sure to get out and show your support by VOTING for President Obama TOMORROW!

 

Nashua-area Residents — Learn More about Peggy Gilmour

Peggy gilmour photo

The race for Senate District 12 is a re-match of the 2010 election.  Two years ago, when the Republicans’ Tea Party fringe took over the Legislature, Jim Luther was narrowly elected over then-Senator Peggy Gilmour.

Since being elected, Luther has voted to cut funding for the University of New Hampshire; he has sponsored legislation to take money from self-funded State programs and place it into the ‘general fund’ to offset business tax cuts; and he was the prime sponsor of the school voucher bill that would take money from our public schools and give it to private (for-profit) schools.

District 12 has been reconfigured to increase Luther’s chances of being re-elected.  It now includes Brookline, Greenville, Hollis, Mason, New Ipswich, Rindge, and Wards 1, 2, and 5 in the city of Nashua.

If you live in District 12, please take the time to learn more about Peggy Gilmour before you vote on Tuesday.

  • Check out her website here.
  • Her answers to the Keene Sentinel questionnaire are here.
  • Her candidate profile in the Nashua Patch is here.

 

The NH AFL-CIO Announces Candidate Endorsements

Local unions have been endorsing candidates for the last few months.  With over 400 house races alone it is very hard to keep up with who has endorsed who.  Or maybe you are just looking to see what organizations support which candidates.

Almost all of the major organization in NH have come out in support of President Barack Obama, Carol Shea Porter, and Ann Kuster.

In the state races you may be surprised as some of the candidates that have been endorsed.  There are many Republicans and many Democrats who have been endorsed by labor this year.  Most of this comes from where they stood on Right To Work for less and a few other key bills in the last session.

The NH AFL-CIO has posted their list of endorsed candidates here. Here is a list of some of the people they have endorsed.

FOR GOVERNOR:

MAGGIE HASSAN DEM Exeter

 

FOR EXECUTIVE COUNCIL:

Executive Council District 3 CHRIS PAPPAS DEM Manchester

Executive Council District 4 DEB PIGNATELLI DEM Nashua

 

STATE SENATE DISTRICT ENDORSEMENTS:

SD01 Jeff Woodburn DEM Dalton

SD04 David Watters DEM Dover Membership: AAUP

SD05 David Pierce DEM Etna

SD06 Richard Leonard DEM New Durham

SD07 Andrew Hosmer DEM Laconia

SD08 Christopher Wallenstien DEM Bennington

SD09 Lee Nyquist DEM New Boston

SD12 Peggy Gilmour DEM Hollis

SD13 Bette Lasky DEM Nashua

SD17 Nancy Fraher DEM Chichester

SD18 Donna Soucy DEM Manchester Membership: Former SEIU 1984

SD20 Lou D’Allesandro DEM Manchester

SD21 Martha Fuller Clark

SD23 Carol Croteau DEM Kingston

SD24 Bev Hollingworth DEM Hampton

Follow the link to see all the House Candidates that the NH AFL-CIO have officially endorsed.

90 Year Old Member Canvasses For Obama, Why Aren’t You?

This is a short video from AFGE National talking about 90 year old Augusta Thomas who is out walking for Obama.

 

With only a few days left to help re-elect President Obama here are some chances for you to help with the NH AFLCIO Labor 2012 Campaign
Sunday, November 4th, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
GOTV canvass in Manchester
New Hampshire AFL-CIO, 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett

Monday, November 5th, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
GOTV canvasses and phone banks
New Hampshire AFL-CIO, 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett

Tuesday, November 6th, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
GOTV phone banks
New Hampshire AFL-CIO, 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett

Money, Money, Money!


Two years ago, the Supreme Court decided that corporations could spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections.

And that’s exactly what corporations are doing.

The advertising industry estimates that almost $10 billion will be spent on political advertising this year – 40% more than was spent in 2008.

Much of that money is being spent by SuperPACS, in what one observer calls “a conscious outsourcing by Republicans of the single biggest undertaking and expense of any presidential campaign.”

“American Crossroads, Restore Our Future, Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity: Four Republican organizations that have so dominated their party’s presidential advertising that their collective efforts surpass those of their own nominee.  These groups kept the race tight for four months and, for the most part, continue to boost Romney today. Americans for Prosperity did its heavy lifting for Romney back in August and early September; the other three are still on the air in a big way.”

Read “How Super-Group Advertising Kept Romney in the Race” in Advertising Age here.

In these final days of the campaign season, SuperPAC money is also being used to hire paid “field workers” to go door-to-door to get out the vote.

“Conservative groups, most notably Americans for Prosperity, are spending millions of dollars to ensure that as many supporters as possible cast a ballot.  Americans for Prosperity, founded by the industrialist Koch brothers, says it now has more than 100 paid field workers nationwide and about 5,000 volunteers to go door to door. The group plans to spend $130 million this year on all activities. That makes it one of the biggest conservative interest groups involved in the election, boosting the combined get-out-the-vote effort of Mitt Romney’s campaign and the Republican National Committee.”

Read “Activists Pour Cash Into Voter Turnout” in the Wall Street Journal here.

Most of us don’t have unlimited money to spend on political campaigns.  The only way for us to counteract corporate money is by using our voices and our feet. 

Help get out the vote!  Call the AFL-CIO at 603-623-7302 for more information about GOTV phone banks and canvasses.

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