Monday, August 31, 2009

Labor Helping Candidates In Virginia Who Stand Up For Workers

With the way the economy has been going lately one of the most important things that we can do is make sure that our elected officials are setting policies that look out for Virginia's working class. On a daily basis I hear from people who are just barely making it who tell me about how hard they are working just to pay the bills. With employers cutting back on hours or laying people off, these families are among the hardest hit as they go from just scrapping by to falling behind. This shouldn't happen to families who are making an honest living and just trying to live a good life.

Fortunately, it appears as though there are some folks who realize this and recognize that this year's gubernatorial election in Virginia could play a crucial role in how the Commonwealth moves forward. We need leaders who will consider the impact that policies will have on working families and it's important that we have people advocating for these leaders. As Alex Isenstadt just wrote in an article for Politico, organized labor is one of the groups that recognize the importance of this election and is therefore actively campaigning in Virginia.
In Virginia, Creigh Deeds has been flooded with more than $600,000 in campaign contributions from unions since winning the Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nomination in early June.

Last week, the AFL-CIO launched its first major salvo in Virginia, organizing an all-day canvass in support of Deeds in Northern Virginia, Norfolk, Richmond and Roanoke, featuring workers armed with talking points slamming Republican Bob McDonnell for supporting “the rejection of $125 million in federal assistance for Virginia’s unemployed workers.”
This is crucial because their message must be heard by the general public. When you compare Creigh Deeds to Bob McDonnell, it's clear who should be our next governor. McDonnell supports rejecting assistance for those who are in need and claims that working women are "detrimental" to society. Creigh Deeds, on the other hand, wants to help move Virginia forward and will wants to set policy that will help create more jobs -- such as giving small businesses a tax break for every job that they create. I'm glad to see that there are organizations making an effort to promote discussion about the economic policies of the two candidates as it will go a long ways in helping people see that we simply cannot afford four years of Bob McDonnell as governor.

1 comment:

  1. who knows what the deal is here...things have been crazy ever since the new year with politicians! They can't be trusted, PERIOD.