November 4, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
Saratoga Springs, NY – As he’s gone door-to-door over the past several months talking to the voters who live in the 43rd New York State Senate District, Democratic/Working Families Party Candidate Shaun Francis has spoken to a lot of Working People, residents who are also Union Members employed by government and in education in Columbia County and across parts of Saratoga, Washington and Rensselaer counties.
And it has become more and more apparent, he tells WNYLaborToday.com in a telephone interview from the Albany-area, just days before the November 8th Election, that when the dust settles, if Working People are going to prosper in the future, they have to elect candidates who are 100% – “from issue one to issue one-hundred” – in support of “our” agenda.
“I know people ‘get frustrated’ (with those elected officials who aggressively seek the support of Organized Labor, but tend to take a back seat from time to time in regards to the issues important to Labor once in office), but (Unions) ‘need’ candidates who are ‘supportive of every single one of our’ issues,” the 37-year-old Francis told Your On-Line Labor Newspaper.
“I’m a ‘Labor Candidate,’ that’s what I’m running as – but ‘we have to go further than that.’ We have to ‘cultivate our own’ candidates (from within Organized Labor),” he continued. “We have to ‘go out and find our own.’ We ‘need’ people who ‘understand’ (what Working People face and have to go through). We ‘need’ people who fight ‘unfair’ workplace practices, handle grievances and negotiate contracts. That’s ‘how important it is to have our own Members make the decision to run for office.’ Then when someone like myself is elected, ‘you don’t have to explain the issues to me because I’ve lived it.’ We’ll be ‘well-served’ by those from ‘our own’ ranks. ‘Win or lose, I will be doing more of this’ (find candidates from within Organized Labor to run for office).”
The Wilton resident is a former professional minor league baseball umpire who later served as president of the Independent Association of Minor League Umpires Union from 2007 to 2012. To read more click on the following link