The 2018 elections have taken on an urgency we haven't experienced in recent memory. This is truly a "Whose side are you on?" moment.
We have a president who ran as a populist but is governing as an elitist. Instead of being a voice for the forgotten, he spent his first year undermining our democratic norms and pushing an agenda for the rich — from ripping health care away from millions to his new tax law that gives 83 percent of the benefits to the top 1 percent.
But unions are built for these times. Unions were born out of tough times.
Our members and their unions do amazing work every day, not only on the job, but also in their communities. As a union, we care, we fight and we show up.
We are educators, nurses and health professionals, and public service employees because we care for others — for our students, our patients and the public we serve.
We fight for great public schools and for economic opportunity and security. We fight for healthcare, so nobody is one illness away from bankruptcy, and for a secure retirement. We fight for our democracy for a society that is safe, welcoming and sane, and that means fighting against hatred and bigotry in all forms. We fight for jobs, justice and freedom for all.
And we show up. We show up for one another, for our communities and at the ballot box.