The August 2020 Union World is out now! Members get the paper in the mail, or read it on www.Local3IBEW.org by using your member log-in (see below for a username and password). The new issue covers the re-election of Local 3 officers, electrical work during the COVID-19 pandemic and in response to Hurricane Isaias, IBEW gearing up for the final stretch of the 2020 General Election, and more! Read the Business Manager’s editorial, “America at the Crossroads,” excerpt below or on our website in full:
Our President has no interest in unity, which in the past has been America’s strength in times of crisis. Americans will always have differences of opinions and we should respect the rights of people to disagree. But at the end of the day, we should care for one another and not look to destroy our country with a “winner take all mentality.” The class war that is on in America, exploiting racial divisions and attacking immigrants, instilling fear in people to further divide us, is horrible. This satisfies something deep inside some people who think they are threatened by the mosaic that is America. Jobs and economic security are what’s important to working class Americans, not tax cuts for billionaires and corporations. We can and must do better. We need to move on and move forward. This experiment with a faker in charge has brought our country to one of the lowest points in our history.
The turnaround is a President who will unite us. A President who will protect workers and their right to unionize and collectively bargain. A President who will again earn the respect for America that it deserves around the world by standing up to those who trample on democracy. A President who will fight for quality health care for all Americans and who protects private pensions and Social Security for retirees. A President committed to quality education for all of our children. A President who creates jobs and wealth for all workers by rebuilding our infrastructure and initiating a clean energy policy that protects our air and water for our children and grandchildren. We need a President who makes government work for all Americans and not just the wealthy who have hammered our political system with dark money to sway votes that have created and sustained unjust economic inequality in America.
Americans must step up and change the direction these last four years have taken us and we must act responsibly if we are going to save our country.