Re-Elect US Senator Barbara Boxer
Throughout her career, United States Senator Barbara Boxer has been proud to stand with carpenters and support good jobs. In the current recession, she has been a fierce advocate for bringing federal dollars to California, to stimulate the economy.
Her support of the "American Reinvestment and Recovery Act," otherwise known as "stimulus funds," is putting a lot of carpenters to work right now. From San Francisco to the Central Valley and Sacramento, public projects are employing UBC members due to the injection of federal funds.
A couple months ago, when she stopped by the Doyle Drive project, the Senator was flanked by members of Carpenters in Action, who expressed their support and appreciation for the Senator’s efforts.
Boxer’s opponent Carly Fiorina derided these as "temporary jobs." Bill Bergerson, a delegate from Local 22, said at a Regional Council meeting, "I’ve had a 32-year career working at ‘temporary’ jobs."
In recognition of her work, Carpenters In Action presented Senator Boxer with a CIA hat.
But Boxer’s support goes well beyond the recent effort to keep carpenters working. Senator Boxer has a long record as a fighter for our issues, supporting our right to organize, and protecting overtime and Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements on federal projects. She has been an outspoken advocate for workers’ rights during her career in Congress.
Carly Fiorina, on the other hand, has been an outspoken advocate for shipping American jobs overseas. During her tenure as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, she outsourced 30,000 jobs to China and India, and proudly called it "right-sourcing."
Even after being fired as the CEO of HP (for which she got severance pay of $20 million), she has continued to stick to this policy. She said in a recent debate with Senator Boxer that there are no jobs in America that workers can count on, if they can be done with cheaper labor.
The choice is clear. Senator Boxer has always stood proudly with the carpenters, and now we should stand with her. Please vote for Barbara Boxer for United States Senate. For more information, visit her website at www.barbaraboxer.com.