Saturday, October 27, 2012

Wis. "Fab 14" senator, a longtime Teamster, runs for re-election

We're paying close attention to 19 political candidates who are Teamsters, used to be Teamsters or are close Teamster friends. Between now and Nov. 6, we'll be presenting one candidate a day to you, courtesy of Teamster Magazine. Read about other Teamster candidates herehereherehereherehereherehere, here and here.

Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Wis.) understands working people because he is one.

“One day I was working on the garbage truck, and the next day I was working in Madison, hiring staff,” said Hansen, a former Green Bay Department of Public Works employee and 20-year member of Local 662.

A tireless advocate for workers’ rights, Hansen is one of the famous “Fab 14” state senators who left Wisconsin in 2011 in a show of solidarity against Gov. Scott Walker’s attacks on collective bargaining for public employees.

Since then, Hansen and his fellow Democrats have taken back the state senate and he is running for a fourth term in Senate District 30.

“It’s the 1 percent against the 99 percent and I’m representing working men and women in this state,” Hansen said. “I stood up for what I believed in and I will continue to stand up for working people—for affordable health care, quality education and care for our seniors.”