The most important thing you can do is VOTE!

Secretary-Treasurer's Report - Election 2010

It’s easy to sit back, say you’re discouraged with politics, and sit out the election. That would be the worst thing you could
do.

The most important thing you can do is vote on November 2 (or absentee). If you haven’t yet registered to vote, it’s not too late. Talk to your Business Rep, or get a form on line (www.sos.ca.gov) or at the Post Office.

This year, we have candidates running for Governor and Senator who are polar opposites on many key issues. Both Jerry Brown, running for governor, and Barbara Boxer, running for U.S. Senate, have proven themselves to be friends of working people.

What does that mean? They support workers getting good wages and benefits, because they know that a strong middle class means there will be a strong economy.

Unions support them because they support our members and our way of life. Their opponents, Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina, are clearly out to destroy unions and the benefits that we’ve won for our members. Instead, they want to give tax breaks to themselves and their millionaire friends.

W h e t h e r you are a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, you have to agree that restoring the economy in California and across the U.S. must be job one. And that means creating and saving good jobs.

Meg Whitman has proposed laying off 40,000 state workers. I can’t imagine the devastation that will bring to the state, and to the services that we have come to expect. Both Whitman and Fiorina talk about “running the government like a business,” but both have a track record of sending good jobs offshore. Their solutions for taxes and streamlining red tape for business are the same thing that the Bush administration promised us, and look where that got us.

Local races

The Joint Council 7 newspaper includes endorsements of the state senate and assembly candiates. This newsletter includes the local races that will be on your ballot. I encourage you to bring these recommendations with you to vote.

Our endorsements are not made lightly. The Teamsters and the local central labor councils go through a painstaking process to ensure that the candidates we endorse understand and support a range of issues important to working people, and that they know how to get things done. We didn’t make endorsements in all races because the candidates probably just didn’t stand out.

Don’t sit back and let others call the shots. Be sure to vote.