Thursday, October 25, 2012

Important Message from AFSCME Council 24

From: Council 24 UIN <>
Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2012 10:49 AM
Subject: UIN Message

About November 6th…

There’s a saying in our movement that the most important contract negotiation is the next one. Every few years, we have the opportunity to make important improvements in our working conditions and protect hard won achievements. It is never easy, and the threats of concessions and rollbacks are always real. Regardless, we always fight for the best we can achieve. This year will be that kind of year, not just for us, but for the whole country. The November elections are our chance to make important improvements in the lives of middle class Americans and to protect the hard won achievements that our parents and grandparents made. But this won’t be easy.

Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson want more concessions and rollbacks for America’s middle class. Their proposed budget would end Medicare and privatize Social Security, completely jeopardizing the security of our retirements and putting us at risk. They also have a tax plan that would give the wealthiest few continued tax breaks, but pay for them with increased taxes and costs to middle class families like ours. As if increasing the financial burden on working families wasn’t bad enough, they threaten our ability to make a living. Mitt Romney showed his true colors when he proclaimed “Let Detroit go bankrupt!” His willingness to sacrifice the American auto industry says so much about his careless, heartless vision for our country. It is really no surprise that he earned the title of “pioneer of outsourcing” for his work as CEO of Bain Capital. Mitt Romney only cares about CEO profits, not the common good.

Fortunately, we have a choice this year. We can re-elect President Obama and elect Tammy Baldwin to the U.S. Senate. President Obama proved he was on our side when he reinvested to save the American auto industry, protected Medicare and Social Security, and supported common-sense tax policies to make the wealthiest few pay their fair share. We have to rebuild the middle class and restore balance to our economy, but to do that we need to elect leaders who will put working families first. This year, the choice could not be any clearer. How you vote is your decision, but your union endorses President Obama and Tammy Baldwin for the U.S. Senate. In addition, a full list of other endorsed candidates can be found in your latest edition of “AFSCME Reports”.

Early voting is open in Wisconsin now through November 2nd. PLEASE remember to vote – by casting your early ballot (on or before 11/2/12) or on election day, November 6th.


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