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    Taking A Stand!!!

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    Default Teamsters to quiz presidential hopefuls on three top issues

    Yes, I am going over the allowed number of paragraphs again because I want to make sure everyone reads the highlights of this article.
    WASHINGTON —Armed with detailed question cards on three top issues – pensions and retirement security, collective bargaining rights, and fair trade in that order – Teamsters nationwide will fan out to presidential hopefuls’ events and rallies to quiz candidates and collect information on their stands, the union announced.

    And the data they garner will determine whom, if anyone, Teamsters, both individually and overall, endorse in the 2020 presidential election.

    The Teamsters endorsement is notable because the union has supported presidential nominees from both parties and because its 1.4 million members are considered the prototypical blue-collar workforce – a group that current GOP incumbent Donald Trump heavily wooed and won in 2016.

    The union unveiled the results of a poll of tens of thousands of its members about what they think the top issues in next year’s race. The union asked responders to rank five issues – pensions, collective bargaining, fair trade, affordable health care and infrastructure investment – on a 1-to-5 scale.

    Pensions drew 79% of votes among the top three, followed by collective bargaining (67%) and fair trade (65%). Those three are the ones members “want this union to focus on as it moves forward with its 2020 outreach efforts,” the Teamsters said.
    The Teamsters aren’t just demanding stands from the leaders, Democratic Sens. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), along with former Vice President Joe Biden. They’re quizzing 16 other Democrats, from Sens. Michael Bennet (Colo.), Cory Booker (N.J.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) to businessman Andrew Yang.

    They also asked GOP President Donald Trump and his three lesser-known challengers – former Govs. Mark Sanford (S.C.) and William Weld (Mass.) and talk-show host and former Rep. Joe Walsh (Ill.) — to respond, too.
    https://www.peoplesworld.org/article...ee-top-issues/
    Last edited by ABFwife; 10-23-2019 at 10:21 AM.

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    Taking A Stand!!!

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    Default Re: Teamsters to quiz presidential hopefuls on three top issues

    Working Americans are raising the bar for 2020 candidates

    For Teamsters members and working people across America, these challenges include numerous crises that threaten the existence of our diminishing middle class. The financial security of 1.5 million retirees is at risk because hundreds of multi-employer pension plans are in danger of failing. Collective bargaining rights — the backbone of America’s middle class — are under attack. And millions upon millions of U.S. jobs are being shipped overseas because of unfair trade practices favored by big business.

    That is why the Teamsters are embarking on a 2020 presidential election endorsement process shaped by and for our 1.4 million members nationwide who represent a diverse cross-section of working Americans who vote.

    In recent months, tens of thousands of Teamsters completed our 2020 survey at work sites, union meetings and online to provide us with insight into what their top election issues are. Members’ responses made it overwhelmingly clear they’re looking for a president who will focus on three core issues: protecting pensions and retirement security, expanding collective bargaining rights and pursuing fair trade agreements.

    Candidates know that Teamsters vote and that our members, many of whom reside in critical early primary and swing states, will shape the outcome of the 2020 election. But our members can’t be easily won. Their voices, and the voices of all American workers, must be heard. That is why we have asked all of the candidates, Democrats and Republicans, to make several serious commitments to receive consideration.
    https://www.desmoinesregister.com/st...ay/4069642002/

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