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US midterm, Canadian provincial elections are upon us

Every two years we say that the coming election is the most important one we’ve ever seen.  And that’s really true! The next election is always much more important than the ones that are over and done with.

My point is: all elections are important.  And this fall we have important elections taking place in both Canada and the United States.


Canadian Labour under assault

By now you are aware that the decades-long assault against unions in the United States has begun in Canada.   The good news, however, is that many Canadian brothers and sisters are really having an impact by engaging in good old-fashioned retail politics on behalf of candidates that support Labour and transit.

The situation is the same in the United States.  With the onslaught of conservative groups like ALEC working overtime to destroy unions and defund transit at the
state, county and municipal levels, our local coalition building and political activism have become more important than ever.

With our natural allies we are fighting the lies and distortions pedaled by the enemies of working families and supporting candidates who will fight for us locally and nationally in both countries.


Control of US Senate at stake

Democratic party control of the U.S. Senate is at stake in this election.  One has only to look at the record of the TEA Party partisans over the last several years to know what kind of nation we’d have if the GOP controlled both houses of Congress.

And, I don’t have to tell you how many times a handful of ballots have made the difference between the election of a local official who supports public transit and union rights, and one who doesn’t.  And sometimes that is the difference between having a union job with good benefits and wage slavery.

So every member of this union – Canadian and American – has ample reason to get involved in these elections, and most important of all – vote.


Vote!

What I find incredible is the number of people who don’t vote and, in effect, hand the election over to a politician who will work against their interests.

If all union members joined in voting with all those who stand to lose by the election of anti-worker candidates it would be no contest – we’d win every time!

It’s particularly important for U.S. members to vote this year as regressive forces in state legislatures are currently doing everything they can to make it difficult if not impossible for minorities and the most vulnerable members of society to cast their ballots.  We have to show that these new “Jim Crow” laws won’t work.

So, it’s up to you.  Don’t sit on the sidelines and watch as your union rights and possibly your job is taken away from you.

Get involved! Fight back! I guarantee it will be one of the most worthwhile activities you’ve ever participated in.

P.S. Many thanks to all the locals and participants who made the ATU 2014 MS Golf Tournament a great success.

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