Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Local 716 president running for state senate in Ind.

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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, the 37th. So he went and filed papers to run for the seat himself.

“I signed up at the last minute. When I saw no one was running, I decided to jump in,” he said.

Cahill thinks he has a pretty good chance of winning. 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 anti-worker legislation.

Cahill has lived in Indiana his entire life. According to his website, he “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.”

Cahill was a concrete mixer driver for 31 years with Southside Ready Mix and Irving Materials Incorporated.