Right. You are one of the central players in civil service division and
our union's reform movement, so running for a city council seat was a big
decision with many factors to consider.
Residents appeared to genuinely appreciate Cathy's efforts to personally
CH: The other
civil service division officers and I agreed that local 1000 should be
involved in local politics.
Had I known what I know now after having run for office-- such as the
planning and gathering of support necessary before actually initiating
running-- I might not have reached the same decision.
However, I said yes, and then learned about campaigning.
Camp, Mary Jane Davis (local 1000)
DW: And I
think most of your volunteers were new to a political campaign, but as
I heard someone say at a union meeting, 'We're union organizers and we
should be able to organize a political campaign.'
So we were experienced in grass roots organizing and learned about political
campaigning along with you.
Your campaign quickly took on an air of a labor crusade, or at least that
is what I sensed.
How does being a labor candidate differ from being a candidate?
CH: Well, as I said earlier, you have the central labor council's endorsement.
The central labor council interviews all the candidates, and they have
a questionnaire each candidate is asked to complete.To get their endorsement
they have to feel that you are the best candidate to represent labor.
Prevailing wage, construction projects, a living wage ordinance, union
contracts, apprenticeship programs, for example are important union issues
that may come before the city council.
banking continued from the beginning to the end.
And it is
important that you would have an open door to labor, and an understanding
that working people need representation to protect their rights.
In general in a nonpartisan race there are really only two groups providing
large contributions, business and developers, and labor unions. As a labor
candidate you are going to get a substantial amount of your campaign funds
from labor unions. The positions you have taken in support of labor will
sometimes limit your ability to get resources from developers or business