I am proud to announce that I have been endorsed by the Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council. This major endorsement also includes the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Area Central Labor Council, the Atomic Trades and Labor Council and the Knoxville Building and Construction Trades Council.
We are living in an unfortunate time now where some of us have forgotten our labor history and what Labor Unions have done for the betterment of all working people. Before we had Unions, we had long and grueling work hours at all times of days and weeks. Workplaces were unsafe and several fatalities occurred on a regular basis. Children worked instead of going to school. And pay? Good pay was hard to come by. Labor Unions were formed to address these very serious issues. Thank the Unions for your 40 hour work week. Thank the Unions for your paid vacation time. Thank the Unions that our children are not forced to work on factory floors. Thank the Unions for safe work environments.
We cannot rest on our laurels though. We still need to fight for the workers of today. Many cannot afford to live on $7.25 an hour so we need to raise the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour. Affordable housing is becoming scarcer and we need to remember to fight for housing for all. How will we ever level the playing field for all when our public schools are chronically underfunded? We need to show compassion for our 300,000 hard-working Tennesseans in low-income jobs who still need health insurance by expanding Medicaid. Most importantly, we need to stop electing politicians who want to continually weaken Unions to expand their corporate profits.
Thank you for your support in November!