Various union officials claim that Democrats running for the upcoming presidential elections may leave the working class voters behind if they continue addressing complicated issues like the Senate filibuster and the composition of the Supreme Court.
Addressing and explaining the objectives as being progressive for the workers may look like the dream of every union activist. However, leaders of major working classes are concerned about the topics and policies promised in the 2020 elections.
Leaders like Ted Pappageorge, Terry McGowan and many others have asked the democrats to focus on the needs of the workers.
Pappageorge, president of the Las Vegas Culinary Union, said “They’ve got to pay attention to kitchen table economics. We don’t quite see that.”
McGowan claims that most of the issues that have come up in starting of the 2020 elections are diversion. McGowan is the president of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139, Wisconsin.
Stating the debates over reparations for slavery and immigration as examples, he said, “The people that are into politics, the people who like sideshows, they’re into that. The masses just want to feed their families.”
Rusty McAllister, executive secretary of the Nevada AFL-CIO, while bringing attention towards “Medicare for all”, said that the health care scheme has not been brought up by most of the presidential candidates. He added, “That’s not something that I think that labor is as much focused on as some of the progressives are.”
Ken Broadbent, business manager of the Pittsburgh-based Steamfitters Local 449, is worried about the fact that focus of the Democrats on environmental plans will ignore the role of Natural Gas Deposits of Pennsylvania in creating jobs. He said, “Jobs is where we’ve got to keep things focused.”
Many Democrats running for presidential elections like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and California Sen. Kamala Harris and former Vice President Joe Biden have addressed the issues of the labor class.
Randi Weingarten president of the American Federation of Teachers said, “It feels different than at other times. There is far more attention and focus on working people’s economic needs.”
She observed that the presidential candidates came in the support of the Los Angeles public school teachers when they went on strike. All the current Democrats running for the 2020 presidential elections have suggested imposing taxes on the families having high incomes.
The working class is an important part of the coalition of the Democrats. As per AP VoteCast, Democrats won union workers by a strong 59%-39% margin in 2018.
Since the Republicans have changed several state laws resulting in weakened efficient working class, the leaders of the labor are looking for a comeback plan the Democrats have to offer.
SEIU President Mary Kay Henry said that any plan related with labors “must include ensuring the opportunity to join a union, no matter where you work, since that’s the best way to raise wages, improve working conditions, create family-sustaining jobs and begin to fix our rigged economy and democracy.”
It won’t be wrong to say that support of the working class is as important as to have the support of activists and other industrial organizations for the Democrats. The 2020 elections won’t be a cake walk for the Democratic candidates, as they have the pressure to appease every class of the country.