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Vice President Lena Wyeth
Updated On: Oct 08, 2020

September 2020

My decision on how I vote in the upcoming elections is based on the issues that are most important in my life. Others may have different issues that are important to them, and they should vote accordingly.  For me, my way of life, my job, pay and benefits are most important. I KNOW, without my union and bargaining power it brings, I wouldn't be so well off. Therefore, I am voting for all of the candidates that support unions and support organizing of unions, to keep bargaining power strong.

Statistics show how Unions are important and how equally important it is to organize (form unions).  The decline in union density accounts for one-third of the rise in income inequality among men and one-fifth among women,  Economic Policy Institute researchers found.  The solution, of course, is the same as it was in 1935. In order to restore balance to an astronomically uneven economy, Congress must restore workers’ power to organize.

Yes! Our strength is in the numbers! The more members we have, the stronger the leverage at the bargaining table.  It is extremely difficult in the U.S. to organize workers because of their fear of retaliation.   I have personally been on organizing drives, talking to workers that want and need to form a union, but are scared to because they witness an anti-union campaign at their worksites and within their communities.  The bosses have “round table” meetings with reminders of how great their jobs are without a union.  The unorganized workers see billboards along the highway denouncing unions.  It’s unspoken, but visibly loud and clear that their job is at risk. Corporations are getting a slap on the wrist at best and these workers are having their Constitutional rights taken away.  Labor rights are civil rights, and civil rights are Constitutional rights.

This is why I support the  Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act  It would give workers the power to form unions by expanding penalties for labor law violations, and take away retaliation against workers for participating in union activities.  The PRO Act would protect against retaliation and give power to unions.  The House of Representatives passed the PRO Act, and now it sits idle. This is a perfect example of why I support the candidates that support unions, and our livelihood.  If the Senate truly cared about the well-being of the middle class, it wouldn’t be sitting idle. 

I understand that people are passionate about their single issues, like “abortion” and I respect them for taking a stance.  I wish they could think about the bigger picture, however.  If owning a gun (for example) is your most important issue........then you should vote accordingly, but how would you be able to shoot a gun if you've already cut off the hands that feed you by voting against the candidate that supports you? ?? ?? ??

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