Monday, April 9, 2012

This IN Teamster is running for state Senate

Cahill meeting with local leaders in Martinsville.
Jim Cahill, president of Local 716 in Indianapolis, was mad enough that Indiana passed a Republican-sponsored right-to-work-for-less law. He was even madder when he learned that no Democrat was running for state Senate in his district. So he went and filed papers to run for the seat himself.

In an interview with TeamsterNation, Jim said,
I signed up at the last minute. When I saw no one was running, I decided to jump in.
He describes running for state senate as a daunting task. He'll have to campaign at nights and on weekends. He said he's made a lot of progress in the past five weeks. His website is up and he's sent out fundraising letters.

Jim thinks he has a pretty good chance of winning. He doesn't face a primary opponent. And he's passionate about repealing right-to-work-for-less. Like many other Teamsters in Indiana, he was at the Statehouse every day for the past two sessions, fighting against the anti-worker legislation that ultimately passed.
If we do take some House and Senate seats, and the governor's office, it will be all over for right-to-work. It made me mad enough to go down and file. I just hope that steam lasts until November.
Go to his website here and learn more about Jim. Here's a brief biography:
A native Hoosier who has lived in Indiana his entire life, Jim is seeking to become part of the Indiana legislature that is committed to furthering and bettering the lives of the working men and women of Indiana by introducing and supporting legislation and policies directly geared towards that end. Jim was for 31 years a concrete mixer driver with Southside Ready Mix and Irving Materials Incorporated.