DW: I think you
broke new ground in Sacramento, in that you were not only a labor candidate,
but a candidate from labor.
Bautista (local 1000) relating a day's event.
CH: Even though
a lot of candidates are described as labor candidates, they haven't worked
inside the labor movement. They have labor's support and on Saturdays
and Sundays labor volunteers come in and do precinct walking and phone
banking for them.
However, since I am from the labor movement and part of the labor movement,
labor volunteers could rightfully feel I was with them, a
a day of walking ACORN volunteers debrief.
part of them,
there wasn't any distance between us. I was the candidate, but I was also
there all the time. I was walking precincts, I was a part of everything.
A lot of candidates are very arrogant and elitist, except when asking
for votes or money, when they put on a friendly front.
People that work on campaigns know this and understand you have got to
work with them because who else is there to run; but the average person
The average person doesn't understand that the media persona is not the
banking at local 250. Adrienne Suffin, J J Jelincic
are about selling a candidate, and money buys media access.
It gets back to educating workers so they recognize their own interests,
and the candidates that will represent them.
How are we going to do that?
CH: It has
to be from inside the unions, a program that is there everyday.
DW: I guess
that should go along with the international's new interest in local elections.
What is going on at the international level?
Cathy spent a portion of everyday walking a precinct.
CH: The interest
in local elections is a good idea, but there is no program behind it.
Again it gets back to the central labor council.
Traditionally, the public sector unions like SEIU and AFSME, and there
are more than that, have not participated in central labor councils. Here
in Sacramento the central labor council has been controlled by the building
However, SEIU locals 1000, 1877, 790, and 250, now constitute a majority
in the central labor council.
Election eve closed with volunteers putting together election day
The central labor councils bylaws are written so only 2 seats on their
executive board can be occupied by an international. Local 1000 should
be represented on the executive board, and I think I am a good candidate
for the seat.
Currently there is only one woman on the executive board, and that is
Ruth Holbrook. There really should be more women on the central labor
council's executive board.
day door hanger.