Labor is working America's necessary counterbalance to corporate power in the political and legislative arenas. Without working people organized to be present in Olympia to share the realities of nursing, home health care, child care and thousands of other workplaces, we would be legislating based only on the claims and relationships of business and their lobbyists.
As a legislator, I consult with labor representatives whenever issues arise which could affect the standards and conditions of working people, and I have been a consistent advocate for labor causes in our caucus. When the Senate Republicans demanded that the House Democrats agree to pass elimination of early retirement in our state pensions, I immediately called and started collaborating closely with WFSE, PTE, and others to fight back. My messaging skills helped us effectively communicate that this was a state-level raid on social security, and the war on the working class was not an acceptable substitute for raising revenues.