A Massachusetts Liberal in rural Kentucky. Words you wouldn’t often find in the same sentence. But in the realm of politics anything is possible. On October 28, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren hit the campaign trail on behalf of Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. Warren, a champion of populist liberal economic policies, gave Grimes her official stamp of approval on all matters labor.
Citing Grimes’s support for a higher minimum wage, Warren told crowd goers (many of whom are union members) that voting for Grimes come November is what will help save the middle class in America. The message seemed to resonate well at the event, which took place at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Many attendees seemed to approve of Warren’s endorsement and supported Grimes on her opposition to right to work legislation as well.
In 2013, a little over 10% of workers employed in Kentucky were union members according to a study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The labor vote is without a doubt a deciding factor in Kentucky elections, especially with Democrats trying to pull as large of a turnout as possible among those loyal to the party. It can be said that Warren, a celebrity amongst labor Democrats around the country, helped excite the party base as expected.
“Trade-Union Organization and Membership in 1929.” Monthly Labor Review 30.2 (1930): 1-10. U.S. Department of Labor. Web. 29 Oct. 2014.