2006 Elections Can Be the Beginning of Change for Workers
In addition to the busy legislative year that 2006 will be, TCU members are urged to also become politically active as there will be very important off-year elections in 2006.
On Nov. 7, 2006, we will be electing 36 governors, 33 senators and all 435 Members of the House of Representatives. The outcome of these elections will have a very significant impact on working men and women and their families.
For the past five years the Republicans have controlled the Presidency, the Senate, the House and a majority of the State Houses in the various States. During this time America’s working families have suffered under this Republican control. The outcome has been five years of attacking the labor laws and traditions of our country–from overtime to Davis-Bacon to social security to Amtrak.
Most of the laws that have been passed and regulations that have been changed have occurred on the backs of workers and the working poor in our country. Bankruptcy laws, medicaid changes, failure to act on strengthening pension laws, and on and on have all favored big business.
The time for change starts with this fall’s off-year elections. All TCU members must become proactive. The way you can do this is by making sure that you are registered to vote. After you do that then make sure all the eligible voters in your family are registered. Next talk to your co-workers and remind them to register. Follow the issues that affect you and other workers and find out where the candidates stand on these issues.
Work place issues such as health care and pensions are the most important issues that every working person should be concerned with as we go forward in this election year. Remember elections have consequences and the consequences during the past five years have not been good for working people.