This Tuesday, CWA's working class agenda gained ground in both Democratic and Republican primaries in Texas. Across the state, CWA members participated in block walks, phone banks, and put up signs to help elect candidates in both parties who committed to working with labor on working class issues in the next legislative session.
Highlights from Tuesday include primary victories for candidates who will likely become the first two Latina representatives from Texas in Congress as they are running in heavily Democratic districts: Veronica Escobar from El Paso, who is running in the 17th district, and Sylvia Garcia from Houston, who is running in the 29th district. In addition, Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke won his primary and will now run against Senator Ted Cruz in the general election.
CWA members in Texas continue to lead the way across the state by coordinating labor get-out-the-vote rallies, canvasses, and phone banks.
Rep. Yvette Clarke (N.Y.-9) and Rep. Joe Crowley (N.Y.-14) met with CWA members to discuss a number of different issues including workers' rights, outsourcing of call center jobs, voting rights, and the effects of the recent GOP tax bill.
Both candidates, endorsed by CWA in the 2018 elections, spoke strongly about their commitment to work on behalf of unions in the wake of the impending Janus v AFSCME Supreme Court decision, as well as the need to protect U.S. jobs.
"With increasing attacks on unions and legislators voting to line the pockets of the country's richest instead of working for a stronger middle class, the 2018 Midterm elections are going to be critically important," said District 1 President Dennis Trainor. "We need leaders in this country who will fight for working people, like Reps. Clarke and Crowley. We know we can count on them to keep up their long track records of fighting to strengthen our unions."
NYC Legislative Political Action Committee members with Rep. Joe Crowley (center).