I hope that you and your family, friends, and loved ones are taking care during this difficult time. My heart goes out to all those who are sick, caring for others, have lost loved ones, or cannot spend time with family members. The last few weeks have challenged our resolve, but the same hope fueling this campaign––that together, when we stand as one, there is nothing we can’t do––is how we’ll overcome this public health crisis and emerge stronger.
To face urgent challenges here at home and restore our standing on the world stage, it is more critical than ever that we make the economy more resilient for future crises, for future generations of Americans. That means strengthening worker organizing, collective bargaining, and unions. Make no mistake, if I am elected president, labor will have a friend, a partner, and an advocate in the White House.
This country deserves leadership that will work to build a stronger, more inclusive middle class and increase the resilience of all Americans in the face of a crisis. As president, I will create a new public health care option, the quickest most effective way to achieve universal health coverage. I will invest in infrastructure, like broadband, essential for mitigating the impact of a pandemic, and I will encourage union organizing and defend collective bargaining, like I have my entire career.
The history of the great American middle class is the history of the labor unions that fought for critical worker protections. Unions help negotiate for better safety and health protections, provide better training for personal protective equipment, protect against layoffs, and help ensure generous wages and benefits to help workers in a crisis. And, unions can provide a critical voice in handling crises, especially those that represent the many workers whose job conditions are hazardous to their health and safety. Today, however, there’s a war on organizing, collective bargaining, unions, and workers, and it’s getting worse with Donald Trump in the White House.
Winning in November requires a candidate who understands the needs of working people. My uncle, Ed Finnegan, used to tell me: “Joey, you’re Labor from your shoe soles to your belt buckle.” It’s still who I am today. If you roll up your sleeves and work with me, together we won’t just win the Wisconsin primary on April 7, we will make sure that we win Wisconsin next November, and that we win Pennsylvania, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio and other key labor states as well.
11.0101 communication with WEAC members