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Aug. 31 – Area Union Announces Event for Democratic Candidates from the Area as Part of Labor Day Observance

Category: Local Govts & Politics

By Lou Phelps, Savannah Business Journal

August 31, 2018 - On Sunday, Sept. 2, as working families across the state pause to celebrate workers and Labor Unions, candidates across the state will gather for a press conference at the 17th Annual Labor Day Family Picnic hosted by the Machinists Local 23, according to union leaders.

The event is set for 1:30 pm, Sunday, Sept. 2 at Machinists Local 23 Union Hall , 1520 Old Dean Forest Rd in Savannah.

“This is a monumental year for Georgia's working families,” said Charlie Flemming, President of the Georgia AFL-CIO. “Working people are winning across the country and we are excited to support candidates across Georgia who know how important it is for hard-working families to have the freedom to come together and negotiate for fairness at work."

Confirmed to be In attendance are Sandra Workman, Candidate for Georgia Senate District 1; Adam Bridges, Candidate for Georgia House District 161; Lisa Ring, Candidate for Congressional District 1; Fred Swann, Candidate for Agriculture Commissioner; Richard Keatley, Candidate for Labor Commissioner; and Dawn Randolph, Candidate for Public Service Commission.

“Let's remember that the United States is a Union or coming together of different regional states to be stronger as a collective. In that same thought, the collective labor movement built America's roads, bridges, skyscrapers, ships, and provided services to teach our children, police our streets, and rescue our citizens during every emergency situation,” stated Bob Millie, President of the Savannah Regional Central Labor Council.   “I'm proud to be part of labor that says my family and our employees are not a commodity, but a value, and we will be respected.”

According to Sandra Workman, candidate for Georgia Senate District 1, “Given that we have an administration in Washington that erodes the benefits that labor unions have achieved for American workers, it is even more important for labor to have support on the state and local level. As Senator, I will promote traditional Democratic pro-labor values to achieve fair collective bargaining for public and private employees.”

“Georgia’s #1 industry is agriculture, but our agricultural communities are some of our poorest. I will fight to make agriculture work for everyone, not just Big Ag special interests,” said Fred Swann, candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture, in confirming his participation.  “I stand proudly with our Union brother and sisters and looking for opportunities to spread protection to all working families across the state.”

“I’m fighting to become your next Commissioner of Labor because I know we can put Georgia back to work by investing in people, not special interests. We must work to support our veterans, expand career centers, and protect workers across the state.  Our workforce diversity is what makes Georgia great,” stated Richard Keatley.  “I’m honored to receive the endorsement and support of our working families.”

“I grew up in a Union household. Both my grandfather were immigrants but also Union members with good paying jobs and access to healthcare,” said Dawn Randolph candidate for Public Service Commission District 5.  “Another clear example of the need for skilled, organizer labor is the Plant Vogtle project.   We’ve seen the construction cost sky rocket because of mistakes made by non-union labor at the onset of the project.   Now we have a 100% union force on the ground ensuring the safety of the workers and safety of the project.   I firmly believe that when the Union Labor builds a site, skilled union workers should also maintain that site.”

“We are a union family so it is an honor to be endorsed by the Georgia AFL-CIO.  When elected, I will represent labor union organizing, which is the back bone of a successful American economy.  People fought and died for the right to unionize, and I will proudly fight for legislation that will strengthen the labor unions of behalf of working families through the country,” stated Lisa Ring, candidate for Congressional District 1. 

“Building Bridges to a Better Future is exactly what a Union workforce provides the American Economy.  As veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having proudly served my country at home and abroad, I fully support the ‘Helmets to Hardhats’ program helping our military families transition into the work force,” stated Adam Bridges, candidate for Georgia House District 161.  “I will fight to make sure all veterans, past and future, have access to affordable housing, most up-to-date job training, and most advanced medical care at the highest quality”

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