WinningWorkersVotes 2019.pdf

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“And the key for us -- when I say us, I mean Americans, but I think particularly for
progressives, is to say, your concerns are real, your anxieties are real. … Offering
prescriptions that are actually going to help folks in communities that feel forgotten. That's
going to be our most important strategy.”
President Barak Obama
(First press conference following
November 2016 election)

The 2016 election created an historic opportunity for the Democratic Party to realign the
American political scene. The 2020 election can make that happen. To do this, the party must
win back the votes of America’s workers. In 2016, industrial workers heard Secretary Clinton
promise to retrain them if they lost their jobs. They voted for Mr. Trump who promised to
protect their jobs. But the voter base of the Republican Party is surprisingly vulnerable.
Republicans have successfully appealed to workers’ worries, but they are failing to deliver. By
winning back the votes of working Americans (and being smarter on the abortion issue),
Democrats can create an historic realignment for decades to come.
Recommendations from a report by President Obama’s top advisers in December 2016
point the way to winning strategies. These strategies are, in short, to assure that workers
have a right to have a voice where they work, a right to organize even in a gig economy,
and that workers have a right to a decent job, no matter what changes technology brings.
There are several reasons for the Electoral College loss in 2016, and losing ground in the
Senate in 2018, but none is more evident than the failure of white American workers, of both
genders, to support the Democratic Party that they once viewed as their friend and advocate. In
the mid-20th century, those voters were the base of the Democratic Party. Mr. Trump’s margin
was especially strong in communities where industrial workers have lost the most jobs – places
like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Those same voters gave Republicans a larger majority in
the U.S. Senate in 2018. They could cause Democrats to lose in 2020. Without the support of
working Americans of all origins, rural and urban, Democrats will never build a solid base to
pursue environmental and workplace justice and better opportunities for all Americans.
Fortunately, there are ample opportunities to create an historic realignment.
Republicans have been able to persuade workers that their party is more concerned about
creating jobs. Much of the Republican Party’s domestic platform has been framed in terms of
jobs for workers.
• Why should financial institutions be deregulated? – Jobs.