For immediate release: 9/27/02
UAW Endorses Houghton for Attorney General
Community Action Program Council of the UAW selects
Vivian Houghton to back in race for state Attorney General
Robert Bohm, Campaign Coordinator
J. Roy Cannon, Media Committee
Newark, DE: The Delaware State Community Action
Program (CAP) Council of the United Auto Workers (UAW) this week endorsed
Vivian Houghton for state Attorney General. The endorsement followed
their review of Houghton's positions and in light of her many years
advocating for Delaware's union workers, including testimony to the
Delaware General Assembly against the anti-union "right to work"
legislation which she re-named the "right to work for less"
legislation at the time.
"The right to unionize is fundamental to democracy," said
Houghton, Green Party candidate about her endorsement. "Historically,
unions are the vehicles by which working people have gained access to
middle class status."
Houghton voiced her strong support for legislation to give
public employees the right to organize and bargain collectively. In
addition, she supports prohibiting state and local funds from being used
for contracts unless the contractors agree to remain neutral in organizing
drives. Houghton pointing out that unless this is done, it is too
easy for government agencies to "farm out" work to anti-union
Houghton promoted other issues important to workers
including raising the minimum wage to a "living wage" level,
single-payer universal health care, and improved civic education in our
public schools that gives greater attention to the history of unions and
their positive impact on American society.
With regards to the downturn in the state economy and
budget shortfall, Houghton stated, "The best way to improve a slumping
economy is to promote job creation - not low-paying jobs but decent-paying
jobs. One area often overlooked and begging for development to
create jobs is the area of conservation and the environment", she