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Volunteer for Labor Neighbor to support Rep. Carol Gregory

Labor-Neighbor-big(Aug. 12, 2015) — Labor Neighbor, the Washington State Labor Council’s grassroots member-to-member political action program, plans an aggressive effort to inform union households about the special election for State Representative in 30th Legislative District. The WSLC’s endorsed candidate in this dead-heat race is Rep. Carol Gregory (D-Federal Way) who is being challenged by Republican Teri Hickel.

Big business special interests are targeting Rep. Gregory with an aggressive and dishonest campaign to unseat her because she supports allowing all workers to earn paid safe and sick leave, equal pay for equal work, raising the minimum wage, and promoting apprenticeship opportunities.

They have money, but labor has people.

So the WSLC’s Labor Neighbor program plans neighborhood walks on two Saturdays — Sept. 26 and Oct. 24 — and phone banks on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 29 so volunteers can talk to fellow union members about these important issues and why labor supports Rep. Carol Gregory.

TAKE A STAND — Even if you live outside the district, all union members can volunteer to help with neighborhood walks and/or phone banks. Check the Labor Neighbor schedule and then CLICK HERE to volunteer, or contact the WSLC’s Justine Winnie for more information via email or by calling 206-281-8901.

gregory-carolRep. Carol Gregory’s record on working family issues is clear:

Paid safe and sick leave — Gregory co-sponsored and voted for a bill to allow all workers in Washington to earn paid safe and sick leave (HB 1356), a bill that was aggressively opposed by all of the above-listed corporate interests. Polls show that overwhelming majorities of Americans — including those who self-identify as Republicans — support requiring employers to offer some level of paid sick leave.

Raising the minimum wage — Gregory co-sponsored and voted for legislation to raise the state minimum wage to $12 over the next four years (HB 1355), a bill that was aggressively opposed by the restaurant, food, and other industries. Again, polls show strong support for raising the minimum wage.

Equal pay for equal work — Gregory co-sponsored and voted for the Equal Pay Opportunity Act (HB 1646) empowering workers to combat wage discrimination based on gender, which was opposed by the above-listed corporate interests.

Promote apprenticeship and responsible bidders — Gregory voted to promote apprenticeship opportunities (HB 1590) and to promote responsible bidders on state contracts by adding restrictions on bidders who violate wage laws (HB 1089), both of which were aggressively opposed by the construction industry.

On all of those issues, Gregory’s position is clearly on the side of public opinion and her constituents in the 30th Legislative District. She has not only supported working families on these issues, she has been a leader and co-sponsored many of them. And that is why corporate special interests are spending heavily on an underhanded campaign to get rid of her.

04 LN-volunteer2Please volunteer to participate in the Labor Neighbor campaign to tell fellow union members the truth about Gregory’s positions on issues that matter to their families.

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