CHARLOTTE – As nearly 20,000 federal employees continue to help the Carolinas recover from Hurricane Florence, the head of the largest federal employee union will be in Charlotte this weekend encouraging residents to support public-sector workers when they vote this November.
American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr., who is a native of Salisbury, N.C., will be going door to door in Charlotte neighborhoods this weekend, encouraging union members to support pro-labor, pro-worker candidates in the upcoming midterm election.
“With public-sector employees across this country facing unprecedented attacks on their workplace rights, it’s more important than ever that we elect candidates to local, state, and national office who will support government workers and the services they provide,” said Cox, who spent more than two decades as a psychiatric nurse in the VA before being elected to AFGE national office.
“We need to elect politicians who will not only protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicare but expand these programs to provide all Americans with health care and retirement security. We need leaders who will fully fund and staff the Veterans Affairs Administration, so our veterans can get the health care and services they earned,” Cox said.
“We need politicians who understand our national security means more than just military spending – it means funding the USDA inspectors who make sure our food is safe to eat, the CDC scientists researching cures to deadly diseases, the TSA officers who keep our airspace safe. We need officials who will support middle-class families by creating good-paying, union jobs – not approving tax windfalls for corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent.”
AFGE has endorsed more than 370 candidates from both political parties for election this fall to local, state, and national seats.