October 23, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News
Washington, DC – The AFL-CIO says in these final few weeks until election day it will bring 100,000 volunteer hours to bear to knock on a million doors in key battleground states. These will be one-on-one connections directly with voters.
According to the AFL-CIO the acceleration of the Labor 2016 program is part of the final push to elect Hillary Clinton and pro-worker candidates across the country.
On top of the door to door canvass the AFL-CIO is also doing a wide variety of get out the vote efforts that include phone banks and worksite leaflets.
AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka says these efforts will propel working people towards election day and is the peak of the AFL-CIO’s political program.
Thousands of faculty at 14 Pennsylvania state university system campuses went on strike Wednesday virtually shutting down the university.
The faculty union waited through the night for the Pennsylvania State System Of Higher Education to return to the bargaining table before finally deciding to strike.
Using a mobile phone from the picket line Wednesday Dr. Kenneth Mash of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties said the strike started strong with student support.
I think we closed down the university. But having said that, it’s still very sad. This is not how we should be using our energy. We should be in the classroom teaching our students and the students should be learning.”
The California Teachers Association will be out in force this weekend supporting two ballot initiatives vital to education. Prop 55 will extend a tax on the wealthy by 12 years to prevent billions of dollars in education budget cuts.
Prop 58 makes it easier for students to learn a second language.
Eric Heins is President of the California Teachers Association.
[Eric Heins]: “These propositions are important. They presage what Secretary Clinton has been saying about going where the money is.
Since 2012 when we did this tax on the rich we’ve actually created more millionaires in California than we had in the years previous to that. And so it’s a good thing to do. I think that ‘ll be really helpful but will only work if everyone gets out and votes.”
The Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race between Katie McGinty and Pat Toomey is a dead heat according to the polls.
Democratic candidate McGinty is pro-union and pro-worker. She supports the Fight For $15 and says the top issue in America is that jobs don’t pay well enough for hard-working American workers.
[Katie McGinty]: “The biggest problem in these United States of America is that we do not have enough decent paying jobs and we do not have decent wages. And as United States Senator my top priority will be to take those challenges on and turn ’em around.”