1199SEIU members in Massachusetts are hitting the ground hard this election season to ensure that quality candidates are elected to office. One clear choice for union members in Elizabeth Warren for U.S. Senate.
Elizabeth Warren is a strong candidate for working Americans, having spent most of her career making sure that they are protected from big business. She conceived of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to help support American consumers and protect them against fraud and abuse on the behalf of corporations. Most recently, the CFPB found that Capital One credit card company had defrauded two million of its customers and was ordered to pay restitution.
After two years in office, current Senator Scott Brown has only voted on the side of working people 19 percent of the time, choosing instead to side with corporate and financial interests at the cost of working families. Last year, the junior senator voted for a debt plan that would have slashed $1.8 trillion from Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid without even considering taxing the super-rich.
Elizabeth Warren has been a firm supporter of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and has vowed to support healthcare reforms that will lower costs and have positive results for Massachusetts residents.
“I think Elizabeth Warren will be a better candidate than Scott Brown because she stands for working people and the strengthening the middle class,” said Keila Price, an 1199SEIU member at Boston Medical Center who is gearing up to knock on doors in support of Warren.
Brown voted against extending unemployment benefits for workers who lost their jobs. He and other Senate Republicans manipulated the legislation to extend Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans until 2013.
In 2011, Senator Brown voted against the American Jobs Act, which would have created two million new jobs, invested in infrastructure repairs, and extended unemployment insurance to five million Americans. The bill would have been financed by a small tax on the wealthiest Americans, which is why Brown voted against it.
Warren has been a firm opponent of “business as usual” and has fought on the side of working Americans her entire career. Emphasizing that the “middle class is being hammered,” Warren has pledged to work cooperatively with both parties to help protect the American people and fight for their best interests.
Union members will be visiting communities across Massachusetts with historically low voter turnout and encouraging voters to cast their ballot for Warren and other candidates who support working families. These community visits could help increase Warren’s margin of victory over Brown.
Those interested in volunteering to help elect Elizabeth Warren should please call 877.409.1199 (x151). There will be several opportunities in the fall to door knock on behalf of the candidate and other candidates who support working families.