President’s Message: On Tuesday, Don’t Forget About the Down-Ballot Races

Every Vote Matters, and Every Race on the Ballot Matters

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Rich Gulla

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Rich Gulla

I learned from a candidate for the NH House of Representatives that he just narrowly won his election despite the incredible voter turnout one year. It was not because of his abilities or popularity; it was simply because once voters made their selection for President, they did not take the time to vote any further down the ticket. As public employees, we need to take the time to vote all the way down the ballot.

As public sector workers, no office more directly impacts our jobs, pay and benefits than the Governor. Whether we are state, county, municipal or public higher education employee, our ability to bargain fairly and to have adequate resources to do our jobs comes down to who sits in the Governor’s office.

After hearing from both candidates at our sponsored Gubernatorial forums it is clear to me that the best person to defend our rights to bargain freely and to move our state forward on the issues that matter most to NH working families is Colin Van Ostern.

Van Ostern opposes right-to-work laws that drive down wages by stripping workers of their rights to collectively bargain. Conversely, his opponent, Chris Sununu will advocate for right-to-work legislation. He said so at our sponsored Forum.

Van Ostern believes that anyone who works hard should be able to earn a livable wage and achieve the American dream. He believes that promises made, should be promises kept and that everyone should be able to retire in dignity.  He supports maintaining expanded Medicaid so we can effectively address the addiction epidemic that is tearing our families apart. He also believes that big corporations need to pay their fair share of taxes.

Beyond Governor, we need to elect Executive Councilors, State Senators and House Representatives who will make sure we have the resources and leadership we need to do our jobs well. We have interviewed and subsequently endorsed supportive candidates in down ballot races across the state. You can review the list of SEA/SEIU Local endorsed candidates by going to www.seiu1984.org/2016-endorsements.

There’s no place where your voice can be heard more than in your own backyard. If you don’t vote all the way down the ballot on November 8, the rules for you and your family’s future will be made by someone else.

Please get out and vote. It is your right and responsibility.

In unity,
Richard Gulla
President, SEA/SEIU Local 1984

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