November 6, 2013
Did you vote yesterday? Despite 2013 being considered an “off-year” election, the day was full of races and referendums that mattered to UFCW members and their families. Here is the UFCW Election Day recap:
In a big win for working families, New Jersey voters decisively approved a referendum raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 and tying it to inflation. This will give 429,000 New Jersey workers a long overdue pay raise and help lift wages across the state. Raising the minimum wage will also give consumers more money to spend on goods and services, resulting in a nice boost for New Jersey’s economy.
Bill de Blasio was elected mayor of New York City. He is widely seen as someone who will be a progressive leader, which is welcome news for working families in the Big Apple. His campaign focused on inequality – pledging to enact policies that will help poor and working class New Yorkers who feel increasingly left behind. de Blasio believes labor unions are a guarantor of economic security and has pledged to improve city schools and expand affordable housing.
In Virginia, Terry McAuliffe was elected Governor. Throughout his campaign he was a major supporter of working families. He is focused on working across the aisle to build an economy that allows more workers to obtain jobs with good pay and benefits.
Every election and every vote matters. From making phone calls about candidates to helping their friends and family register to vote, UFCW members worked hard in all of these races.
363 days until Election Day, 2014. If you would like to get more involved in politics contact your local union. It’s fun, memorable, and most importantly you’ll be making a positive difference in your community.