Thursday, December 2, 2021

Tom Nelson from Wisconsin talks about “Labor Autumn”, seeking a seat in the US Senate

I think that in any field of work, especially as an elected official, this is necessary. This is Carol Lynn Drive’s litmus test (named after the street Nelson grew up on). It has been 30 years since I have lived on Carol Lynn Drive, but these lessons and these memories will never leave me.

For a while, this vein of populism flowed through the country – Democrats, Republicans, independent people – because people were fed up with the system. They don’t feel like it is changing their lives. So the difference between populism on the right and on the left – and Bernie Sanders talked about it, is that populism on the right comes from a very, very dark place. On the other hand, economic populism, the populist tradition of La Follette, Russ Feingold, Tammy Baldwin, comes from good sources. It’s a question of how we can build communities, how we can bring people together, and how we can focus on issues that matter to working families.

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President Joe Biden claimed to be one of the most pro-union presidents in American history. How do you view the president’s efforts to support an organized workforce in the United States, and are trade unions the key to reducing inequality between wealthy and middle-class Americans?

I think we are now in the “labor autumn”. Strikes have reached record highs and workers are taking matters into their own hands. I can see it all. In my community there are employees of certain businesses who want to do this. A couple approached me about unionization. Unions are the key.

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