As thousands of Minnesota workers descended on the state capitol this week in protest of the so called right-to-work legislation proposed by union busting right wing extremists, the longest serving president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO in history issued a resounding endorsement for a DFL candidate in the 8th congressional district race in northeastern Minnesota.
In a powerful letter clearly directed at organized labor, former AFL-CIO President David Roe announced his personal support of former Congressman Rick Nolan and urged his union Brothers and Sisters to follow suit:
Today, I am writing to proudly announce my personal endorsement for Congress in Minnesota’s 8th District.
With all my heart, that support goes to one of the greatest leaders and champions Organized Labor and working families have ever had – my friend and ally in the trenches, Rick Nolan.
As president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO, I saw lots of politicians pull out their Labor talking points, say the right things, and vote with us when it was easy. But when we really needed them to stand up and be counted, they’d disappear under the nearest rock.
We have enough politicians like that in Washington. In times like these, working families don’t need another fair weather friend, or someone who’ll need on the job training in order to be effective years from now. We need an 8th District Congressman who can hit the ground running in January 2013 with the earned respect of Democrats and Republicans alike.
In Rick Nolan, we have the rare opportunity to elect a former Teamster who will re-enter the U.S. House of Representatives with four terms of seniority. If Democrats re-take the House, he could well be named chairman of a powerful subcommittee, ready to start getting things done for working families on Day One.
A real son of the 8th, Rick has the energy and determination to lead the fight for the Employee Free Choice Act, for pension protection, for single payer universal health care, and for an end to the right wing war on workers that includes ‘right to work for less.’ Rick will lead the battle to repeal the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires and make those of us in the 99% matter again!
Make no mistake. This campaign won’t be easy. The right wing is ready to come after us with everything they’ve got. But with our help, Rick Nolan WILL win back the 8th District for everyone who has suffered and struggled under Chip Cravaack and his ‘war on worker’ buddies.
But don’t take just my word for it. Ask the Labor leaders and Unions who have already endorsed Rick. Teamsters Joint Council 32, representing more than 60,000 workers across the 8th District and the Upper Midwest. The 12,000 member United Food and Commercial Workers Union. The 700 member Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 11. The elected leaders of several Local Unions and the leaders of all General Labor Councils in northern Minnesota. Along with dozens of current and former political, community and business leaders who support Rick.
Now, will you join me in supporting our friend, Rick Nolan, for 8th District Congress? And, if you can manage it, can you please dig into your pocket and contribute $5, $10, $25 or whatever you can afford to help Rick make working families matter again in Washington? Do it for you, for your family, and for your neighbors.
Because You Matter, and In Solidarity,