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And money talks in elections. Somewhere recently I encountered the statistic
relating money raised with election success . Perhaps not surprising, the
candidate with the most money won over 90% of the time.
But being labeled a labor candidate by the media is in a way being marginalized. The corporate media has been successful in maintaining the image of 'labor' as shady characters operating behind closed doors, a special interest, when in fact we are labor, all working people represent labor. Labor issues are most person's issues.
Somehow we must change labor's image to fit the reality.
CH: The media
does have tremendous power, and the labor movement, overall, has been
unable to develop that kind of influence.
a local office provides valuable experience. What you learn in an election
will not only help you, but also help you understand how to get other
local candidates elected.
DW: Here in
Sacramento, between SEIU local 1000, SEIU local 250, and SEIU 1877, and
the other SEIU locals, we are talking about a lot of members. It seems
something could be done
CH: Absolutely, this next year we are going to meet with the other SEIU locals once a month-- have a special caucus meeting.
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