|IAM and IUPAT buses arrive at Ohio State Capitol in Columbus for a rally to urge union members to vote in the upcoming elections.|
The IAM and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) are taking part in a series of events this week in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware to urge members to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.
The events are a continuation of IUPAT ‘It’s About Jobs!’ month-long, coast-to-coast bus tour to connect with union members and promote candidates and polices that can create desperately-needed jobs. The IAM took part in earlier events with IUPAT in Washington and Oregon.
More than 100 union members and supporters gathered for an event in Indianapolis where Indiana Senate candidate Brad Ellsworth challenged his opponent, former Republican Sen. Dan Coats, to justify his work as a lobbyist for a firm that recently closed an Indiana auto parts company and sent the jobs to other countries. The deal, according to Ellsworth, cost 800 jobs.
“There’s absolutely no reason to listen to a candidate who doesn’t have a strong, position on jobs and a plan to create more of them,” said GST Warren Mart, who is among the IAM leaders taking part in the Get Out The Vote tour. “We should be prepared to support candidates on the basis of their jobs plan, and we should be prepared to reconsider any support for a candidate who doesn’t have a plan to bring JOBS to us.”
Click www.IUPAT.org/tour for additional information about the month-long bus tour.