Incumbent Sen. Blunt votes against consumer protection proposal; polls shifting in Kander’s favor
Columbia, Mo. – As a former union member and a longtime advocate for workers’ rights and their ability to join unions, Secretary of State Jason Kander has won endorsement for his U.S. Senate race from the Missouri AFL-CIO and 17 International Unions.
Speaking to the recent Missouri AFL-CIO Joint Legislative Conference about the importance of protecting the rights of working Missourians, Mike Louis, president of the Missouri AFL-CIO noted:
“The AFL-CIO is proud to support Jason Kander for the U.S. Senate, as he has been one of Missouri’s strongest fighters for Organized Labor throughout his time in public service. Jason served our country in Afghanistan, fights for Missouri as our Secretary of State, and we know he'll always stand up for working families as our senator."
Kander is seeking to oust incumbent Republican Roy Blunt, who received some bad news the past several weeks:
- UPSET IN THE MAKING: A popular political polling group from the University of Virginia Center for Politics changed the state’s outlook for this race from “Likely Republican” to “Lean Republican” noting that, “…Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander could spring an upset…”
- HIGHEST APPROVAL: A poll by 10 Missouri newspapers shows that Jason Kander has the highest approval rating of any elected official tested in Missouri, while Senator Roy Blunt’s approval rating remains underwater. The poll was conducted by Fort Hays State University’s Docking Institute of Public Affairs.
- VOTE AGAINST YOU: Senator Blunt took a stand against consumers and with big corporations when he voiced strong opposition to the Department of Labor’s new rule to protect workers’ retirement savings for from getting fleeced by banks and financial advisors. The new rule demands advisors to do what’s best for their clients – you and I -- not themselves as has all too often been the case in the past. Surprise #1: the financial services sector has donated more cash to Blunt's campaigns over his career than any other industry.
- A VOTE FOR AIRLINES: Senator Blunt also helped block a bill that would prevent airlines from further squeezing passengers by shrinking seat sizes. Surprise #2: the airline industry has chipped in nearly $100,000 to Blunt's campaign.
FIGHTS TO PROTECT WORKERS
“Jason Kander is the clear choice to represent Missouri,” said IBEW Local 1 President Tom George, Missouri State AFL-CIO vice president.
“Throughout his career, Jason has fought tirelessly to protect working families. We know Jason will continue the fight in Washington, protecting hardworking Missouri families from paycheck deception, unfair changes to wage laws, the so-called Right-to-work legislation and trade deals that would only hurt Missouri,” George stressed.
Added Alise Martiny, secretary-business manager, Greater Kansas City Building & Construction Trades Council: "Jason Kander is a fighter who always stands up for Missouri's working families; Organized Labor is proud to stand with him in his race for U.S. Senate."
Along with the Missouri AFL-CIO endorsement, Kander has already received support from:
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters
- Laborers’ International Union of North America
- Communications Workers of America
- Office and Professional Employees International Union
- The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
- United Transportation Union
- United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing, Pipefitting and Sprinkler Fitting Industry
- United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
- United Auto Workers Union
- Heat & Frost Insulator's Local 1
- Amalgamated Transit Union
- International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
- MO/KS SEIU State Council
- International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
- American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
- International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers.