Elections Matter

We are facing compounding catastrophes — an uncontrolled pandemic, homes ravaged by unprecedented wildfires, and a widespread absence of justice for Americans nationwide. We’re clearly seeing how the failures of legislators cause real suffering for working people and their families. We’ve lost homes, many have lost their jobs, and the pandemic alone has claimed over 200,000 lives.

In the middle of this we’re fighting on the local, state, and national level for things that ought to go without question, like safe workplaces, protections for if you do get sick at work, and fair compensation for our service to our communities. It shouldn’t have to be this way, but it is, and it will remain this way so long as our elected legislators put profits over people. We must elect leaders who will listen to their constituents if we want to clear a path for positive change.

We consistently turn out to vote because we know the power of numbers can tip the scales in our favor. Union members are more likely to vote, especially boosting turnout and representation among low and middle income earners. With elected leaders, we’ve passed bills like Fair Workweek and First Day Sick Leave, and future bills like OTRA (the Oregon Taxpayer Reimbursement Act) are still on the table. We are an equalizing force for the good of working people, and our legislative record proves that.

To accomplish anything, we first need to show up. Be sure your vote is counted and voice heard. Check in with a friend or coworker about your voting plans. Wednesday, October 28 is the last day to mail your ballots in Oregon, and you don’t even need a stamp. You may also use a ballot dropbox until 8pm election day. In Washington, your ballot must be postmarked by election day or in a ballot box by 8pm of election day. You can find our endorsements on page 20.

Our fight doesn’t end November 3rd, but can make a choice today in how to carve the path forward. For ourselves, our families, coworkers, and communities. For our future.

In Solidarity,

Dan Clay