The tragedy in Flint, Mich., where people are suffering the consequences of their state’s abandonment of working people’s concerns, reminds us of the serious stakes in this year’s political campaigns across America.
It’s troubling to see how some of the presidential candidates are trying to outdo each other in championing the same policies which contributed to the poisoning of Flint’s water supply and the disintegration of the middle class.
These bad policies include, among others:
- Enacting more “right to work” laws and other rules limiting the power and effectiveness of Unions. Unions like UFCW 8-Golden State are the most effective means for working people to work together and improve their lives;
- Still more tax cuts for rich people, forcing state and local governments to cut their budgets and do nothing as their aging schools, roads, water lines and sewer systems continue falling apart;
- Opposition to raising the national minimum wage, encouraging states, cities and businesses to compete against each other in a race toward the lowest possible standards;
- Raising obstacles against voting, making it even harder for working people to speak in their own interests; and
- Gutting environmental laws and regulations in the mistaken belief we should give CEOs more power to do whatever they want.
Here in California, we’ve been watching the political circus from a distance, but it won’t be long before America’s largest state becomes the national center of attention.
California’s primary elections are set for June 7, 2016. On this day, voters of major parties will choose their favorite candidates to compete in the presidential elections in November.
Also, we’ll decide who will be the finalists in elections for U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Many state and local decisions will be made at this time as well.
The deadline for registering to vote in the June 7 primary is May 23. We need to act now to ensure our members who are U.S. citizens are registered to vote and will vote.
If you haven’t registered already, you can do so online at registertovote.ca.gov. Do it today!
We must not let those who oppose our values dominate the political conversation. We must not let them get their way.
Don’t miss out on your chance to stand up and speak out for working people in California and across the U.S.A.!