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Labor Day: Ready to Rise Up

Labor Day: Ready to Rise Up


How are you doing out there? You look great, you look beautiful my name is Cathy Glasson and guess what? I’m running for Governor! And you know I believe That the number one job of elected officials is to improve the standard of living for workers and their families in the state of Iowa and It all starts by raising wages Because brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen, the only two ways that we wake higher pay for workers in our state is by increasing the minimum wage and building strong unions, right! Now, let me tell you That Governor Kim Reynolds and the Republican legislature, if that was their number one job. How do you think they’re doing so far? [Crowd boos] They have failed and they failed miserably and that’s putting us all in trouble in our state. [Crowd member] Unless you’re Apple! Cathy: Good point. You know what, Governor Kim Reynolds is doing just the opposite. She’s making it harder for working people to get by in our state and the reason she’s done that is that she’s and how she’s done it is that she’s lowered wages and she’s gutted the ability for workers to join together in a union Driving down the standard of living for all of us That’s not right and guess what? that’s how they rigged the economy. That’s what they do. So governor Reynolds and her corporate friends are doing great, but you know what the problem is They don’t understand the problem, all the money guess where all the money’s going? It’s going to the rich folks. Instead of going to the workers the families and the family farmers in our state that are struggling to get by. And when 380,000 Iowans are paid so little that they’re struggling to survive, we all pay the price. And the only way, the one shot we have in rebuilding our economy in this state is to raise the… [Sound goes off] Who needs a mic? Sorry about that. I have a loud voice, and I guess the mic can’t handle it. So the one shot we have a rebuilding our economy for workers in our state is to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. And for workers to join unions again That’s right, Iowa needs unions! [Crowd cheers] You know in the City of Des Moines in cities across this Midwest Hospitals like this behind me are the new economy. They’re the center of our economy, they’re like the factories that we had in previous generations and Make no mistake, the hospital industry here in Des Moines is making some pretty big profits. Anybody want to guess how much? 236 million dollars a year! And guess what the CEO of Mercy healthcare network in Iowa makes every year? Nine hundred thousand dollars a year! And you know what else? 70% of hospital workers in our state make less than $15 an hour. So just think about that. CEO: nine hundred thousand and the workers that deliver the patient care, clean the rooms, cook the food and make these hospitals successful are making less than $15 an hour. Do you think that’s right? [Crowd boos] Is that an economy that works for us? Is that a fair shot for workers? You know, private sector workers do some of the most difficult jobs but some of the most important jobs in our society in its workers like hospital workers health care workers, fast-food workers and workers and other private sector jobs they need unions. And what I’m talking about is strong organization of workers that pull their bargaining power To make sure that everyone sees their fair share of the profits. Not just those at the top. And when we have strong unions, Guess what? We raise the wage floor and we boost the purchasing power of working families in our communities. That way we grow our economy and that way we raise the standard of living for all, Iowans/ You know hospital workers in New York City? Seattle and in the state of California formed their unions you know what? They’ve won a better life, higher wages and a better quality of life for themselves and their families. I ask you, why can’t we do that in Iowa? Because I say we can and I say it’s time, What do you say? Because I will tell you when I travel the state I’ve been listening to Iowans and what I hear is that they’re fed up. They’re sick and tired of working two and three jobs to make ends meet. But I also hear over and over again. Is they’re ready to rise up They’re ready to rise up for both progressive change in 2018 They don’t want politicians giving them lip service anymore And they sure as hell don’t want a governor who takes her orders from billionaires and bosses and doesn’t give a hoot about workers who haven’t had a decent raise in years They don’t want half measures, they want big new ideas to turn our state around. They’re ready to rise up for $15 an hour. They’re ready to rise up to be in a union They’re ready to rise up for single-payer universal health care They’re ready to rise up to limit the growth of corporate farms. We need clean water, safe communities and strong public education I’m standing with the fight for $15 because a nurse I know how to risk my job And I did it to organize with my fellow co-workers to form our union. And I know brothers and sisters Firsthand that the only way we can turn things around and create a better life is by sticking together in a union Together we can! [Mic goes off again] I’m blowin the mic again. Sorry Together we can win in 2018 We can take back our state if we rise up together for a bold progressive future! That’s what this Labor Day is about and that’s what unions are about, I’m Cathy Glasson and that’s why I’m running for governor Thank you!


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