Brightline Joins LiUNA for Yes on 30, No on 32, and Yes on 39!
Workers Rally And Mobilize To Support Schools, Protect Working Families, And Promote Clean Energy Jobs
OAKLAND, CA, November 5, 2012--This past weekend, over five hundred men and women from Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) locals across the Bay Area came together in support of Proposition 30 to increase education funding, to fight Proposition 32
in order to protect workers' rights, and to pass Proposition 39 and create tens of thousands of new clean energy jobs across the state.
Orange shirts fanned out across Alameda County as workers mobilized Saturday morning in support of critical ballot measures for tomorrow's election. The Laborers have helped lead a series of critical community-labor initiatives across Northern California, including support for San Francisco's landmark Local Hiring Policy for Construction.
At a post-mobilization rally in Local 304's Oakland headquarters, Northern California Laborers Business Manager Oscar De La Torre spoke of his belief in "good wages, health care, a retirement, and the American Dream" for blue-collar workers. Congressman George Miller laid out the high stakes in the Presidential election, while Senator Loni Hancock joined Assemblymembers Sandre Swanson and Nancy Skinner to make the case for workers' rights and revenue for education.
California Federation of Labor's chief officer, Art Pulaski, paid a visit to the rally and delivered a strong message of support to the volunteers that will help pass important ballot measures tomorrow. Workers and community members stood ready to meet the challenges ahead.
Yes on Prop. 39 Co-Chair Tom Steyer, an environmentalist and major supporter of clean energy initiatives, talked of his desire to work together to create good-paying jobs that not only help the environment but support communities. Laborers Local 261's Ramon Hernandez joined Local 304's Fernando Estrada to support community and labor efforts to promote energy efficiency.
"Tomorrow's election is vital for preserving the ability of advocates for opportunity in low-income communities of color to partner with organized labor to advance a middle-class agenda for workers," said Brightline executive director Joshua Arce.
The stakes are indeed high in tomorrow's election, and Brightline proudly joins LiUNA to say Yes on 30, No on 32, and Yes on 39 on tomorrow's ballot.