Unemployed Voters in PA Send a Pointed Message

Early reports from Union of Unemployed members in the Keystone State suggest that the unemployed are turning out in high numbers and voting with a vengeance. “Jobless voters are taking advantage of this opportunity to turn the screws and send a message,” said Rick Sloan, acting executive director of Ur Union of Unemployed. “The more they vote, the better their chances of getting a real jobs initiative.”

While turnout is not expected to reach the historic levels of two years ago in primary contests between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Pennsylvania is now home to a new political demographic: 629,000 unemployed workers with an axe to grind.

“Turnout levels in Pennsylvania today will send shock waves through the political system,” predicted Sloan. “The real story is not who wins or loses but who voted: unemployed and underemployed Democrats came out in droves.”

Ur Union of Unemployed, or UCubed, is a community service project of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) designed to assist the millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans, and to provide them with a structure that allows them to take advantage of their growing numbers. For more information, visit Ur Union of Unemployed.