President Obama, Jobs, and Organized Labor...What it could mean for 2012.
There is nothing working families want and need more than re-electing President Obama. Members of organized labor are re-doubling our efforts to see that candidates who will work hard and look out for working families prevail this November.
The President has worked to help strengthen our economy, but times are still tough here in North Carolina. We need help now more than ever. But, the Obama Administration is considering an action that could have a very negative impact on our state’s economy, on organized labor, and on our chances for victory in November here in NC.
The AFL-CIO is working against an ill-timed effort by the Food and Drug Administration that would remove menthol cigarettes from the market. If adopted by the agency, thousands of well-paid and organized workers across NC would be out of a job. And all because of a bad decision, made at the wrong time, and not supported by science.
I understand that tobacco isn't popular - but jobs sure are. Especially good paying, unionized jobs. It is hard to talk about possibly eliminating jobs in North Carolina and then ask those same working folk for their vote.
Amid this unfortunate distraction, labor is still fighting hard to win this state for the President. We are convinced we can succeed – and we fully understand how bad things would be should Governor Romney prevail. But our job would be a lot easier if we could concentrate our efforts on a single goal of victory in November without having to engage in a fight to protect the jobs of our members from an ill-conceived and uninformed bureaucratic policy decision by the FDA.