Many union members and allies of working families have their sights set on putting a friend of workers in the White House in 2008, but they don't have to wait until then to exercise their strength at the ballot box. October 9, 2007 is Election Day in many cities and counties across our state.
Central Labor Councils, the local union movement of the AFL-CIO, have made endorsements for mayor, city council, county commissioner, and school board races in Durham, Wilmington, Charlotte, Greensboro, and elsewhere. Union members can request a list of endorsed candidates in their communities by contacting their Central Labor Council.
As Mike Okun likes to remind students at every Labor School, elected officials can make just about any law or policy they want as long as they don't violate the Constitution. If we want worker friendly policy in our local communities, it is incumbent upon us to support worker friendly candidates on October 9th.