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Connecting with the Community in North Iowa

September 02, 2019 07:39 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Amid a political frenzy, this Labor Day the annual North Iowa Nine Labor Assembly picnic was also comprised of organizers for presidential candidates.

“Any opportunity you can connect with voters, you'll see campaign staff trying to garner support, trying to talk about issues, trying to talk about their candidate," said Iowa State Senator Amanda Ragan.

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The organizers used the holiday to speak about their candidates, the importance of unions and voicing support for working Americans. Other hot topics included healthcare and wages.

"Healthcare is an issue that has resonated in many campaigns and as well this year. A lot of people are talking about the rights as far as living wages and how you can benefit by joining or not joining the union." Ragan said.

Union member Chris Liuritsen supports raising the minimum wage.

"Increasing the minimum wage to at least 15 dollars and start from there, and a healthcare plan that covers everybody," Liuritsen said.

Liuritsen said labor issues have always been a factor for him when casting any vote.

"I've always thought first about what's good for the workers," said Liuritsen.

Liuritsen also said the issues will continue to play a part in who he will vote for in the upcoming election.

"We as unions should take care of the workers and that should be our main focus. Who we support for office whether it's a local office or federal office, should be someone who's going to take care of the workers," Liuritsen said.

An organizer from the Kamala Harris campaign was present at the picnic. Harris is one candidate in strong support of organized labor. The Harris campaign is holding events across Iowa over the holiday weekend in celebration of organized labor.

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