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      Steven P. Vairma

      Steve Vairma's Column:

      Mid-term election vital to workers' welfare

      It seems like yesterday when we voted in the last national election, but within weeks we will again be casting ballots for candidates of our choice in the 2022 mid-term election.  I know, it's getting old, but here we go again.

      We're facing another election, something that was once palatable - sometimes even pleasurable.  In recent years, though, political campaigns have become filled with venom, hostility, and hatred, or something very close to it.

      Unfortunately, once again necessity dictates that your union becomes involved in persuading members to vote if they are registered or to get registered if they aren't.

      We know that voters might prefer to skip the next election and stay home, which happens often in off-year elections.

      That luxury is unthinkable this year, get it out of your head.

      If we sleep at the switch we will wake up after the election to discover that those elected are union busters who finally have the power and determination to force workers into a Third World economy.

      The election in November is vital, especially to all the essential workers, including thousands of Teamsters, who did yeoman work, during the pandemic, delivering life-saving commodities wherever they were needed.

      As we do in every election cycle, we will prevail upon our members to vote in their personal best interests which, of course, are wages, hours, and working conditions, life issues that control the quality of our existence.

      Without them, all other issues won't matter because we would be powerless to change them.

      Unions have been at the forefront of every political battle that has been won for working men and women.

      Among those victories were the 40-hour workweek, medical care, pensions, occupational health and safety laws, workers' compensation, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, to name a few.

      Local Unions in Teamsters Join Council 3 will endorse candidates for state and national  offices in this election year.  They will be made after careful study of the candidates, their philosophy, voting records, and/or political experience.

      They will be published in the Rocky Mountain Teamster prior to the election.

      Pay attention to them.  The job you save may be your own.

      DRIVE is important election ingredient

      DRIVE (Democratic, Republican, Independent, Voter Education).  the IBT's national political action committee, with input from all local unions, will make federal endorsements.

      Government statistics show that the business community outspends organized labor to lobby Congress and state legislatures by 15-1.  The money pays to influence elected representatives to vote against the best interests of working men and women.

      DRIVE is an important tool for the Teamsters i organized labor's struggle to protect American workers from being forced to accept Third World working conditions.

      Unfortunately, labor will never have the massive war chests corporations maintain to spend on elections.  It is impossible for organized labor to raise the huge amounts of political money available to business and industry.

      But with your help, we can level the playing field a bit in the money game of politics.

      Even in this non-presidential election year, business leaders are pushing their agenda harder than ever.  We must fight back stronger.

      Your contribution to DRIVE will support grassroots efforts by Teamster families to stand up to business interests.  Your membership in DRIVE will help elect candidates who care about working people.

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