by Carl Ivka, UFCW Local 880 President
CHECK OUT THE LIST OF ENDORSED CANDIDATES
Voting is your voice and your power. Choosing not to vote is choosing to surrender that voice, to give that power to others.
This is known as an “off year” election. In my eyes, there is no such thing as an “off year.” Although we don’t vote for a new president for another two years, nevertheless, this is an important election. We get to vote for our governor and other top state officials; the outcome of these state races will have a direct impact on our lives. And our local elections will have an even more immediate and noticeable effect upon us all.
In our system of government, politicians are what I call a “necessary evil.” They are the ones who pass the laws, who look out for our interests, and who make sure that things run more or less smoothly. We need elected officials to make our system work.
But making the system work, and making it work for workers, are two very different things. That means that we must choose our elected officials wisely. Politicians all have different views, different opinions on how things should be done, different perceptions of what is and what is not important, and of what makes sense and what does not.
Many politicians are what I call “business oriented,” at least when I am being nice. For these politicians, laws and rules that favor business owners, that put more money in the pockets of the business owners and that remove regulations and restrictions on businesses are good. Other politicians understand that what is good for workers is good for business, and so their view of the best laws and rules and policies takes on a decidedly different look.
In this issue of the Voice, we offer our suggestions as to those candidates who deserve your vote. We have talked with these candidates, and we have questioned them thoroughly. We have a good idea how they think, we understand what is important to them, and we believe that they will support laws and rules and policies that will make life better for you and for your fellow workers.
Let your voice be heard. Don't be silent. Don't give up your power. Vote. And vote wisely, because how you vote is critical.
Vote for the candidates we have vetted. Vote for the candidates who will do the best job for you.
You’ll be glad you did.
FOR THE LIST OF ENDORSED CANDIDATES, CLICK HERE.