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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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United States SenateCandidate for Senator

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Eleanor García

Aerospace Factory Worker
65,084 votes (0.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Massive public works program at union wages to rebuild the infrastructure and put people to work.
  • Immediate end to the embargo against Cuba. U.S. out of Guantanamo. All U.S. troops out of the Middle East.
  • Organize workers to build a movement to fight for political power. Replace the capitalist government with a workers and farmers government.



Eleanor García, 63, an aerospace worker at Triumph Vought Aerostructures in Hawthorne, outside Los Angeles, was born in Phoenix. Her father was a fireman and her mother, after she raised her children, a production-line worker at Revlon and member of the United Auto Workers union. Her grandfather, an underground copper miner in the Inspiration Consolidated Copper mine in Miami, Arizona, was crushed by a mine car and killed at work.

In high school García was inspired by the successful fight to overthrow Jim Crow segregation in the South and by farmworkers fighting to win representation by the United Farm Workers union. Public schools in Arizona mining towns were segregated for Mexicans and Native Americans.

Cesar Chavez, leader of the UFW, held a 24-day fast in Phoenix in 1972 to protest an Arizona bill restricting the union and outlawing strikes and boycotts. García was part of the security team to defend Chavez and meetings organized to support the fight.

She became an organizer for the UFW and the Arizona Farm Workers Union in the 1970s, helping workers win union contracts in vegetable fields and citrus orchards.

García joined the SWP in 1977. In the 1980s she lived in Minneapolis and joined protests by family farmers who faced foreclosure in a debt crisis that swept the region and were being driven off their land. She supported the fight of Native Americans for land and water treaty rights on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.

García is a longtime supporter of women’s right to choose abortion and has defended clinics against right-wing attacks. As SWP candidate for governor of Utah she helped organize protests against the cops when a teenage cousin of one of her co-workers at Kennecott Copper was shot. Family, friends and supporters of the youth used García’s campaign statement to build support for a march and rally in the copper-mining town of Magna.

She helped organize activities to tell the truth about the Cuban Revolution. She was part of the international movement that won freedom for the Cuban Five, five revolutionaries unjustly imprisoned in the U.S. for the “crime” of defending their country’s socialist revolution.

In addition to the Steelworkers, García has been a member of the United Transportation Union, United Food and Commercial Workers and United Auto Workers union. She has worked in rail, garment and in a smelter.


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Workers on strike at Verizon need your support and solidarity. In a multimillion-dollar ad campaign run daily since the strike began, Verizon bosses want you to turn your back on the workers. Verizon claims they get “outstanding compensation,” “exceptional retirement benefits” “very reasonable” health insurance and “numerous perks.” And that the company has “put a fair offer on the table.” Don’t fall for it!

Verizon bosses say they want a deal that “positions our wireline business for success in the digital world” and that makes “changes to legacy constraints in our contracts.” Translation: Verizon wants to keep speeding up the work pace, disregard job safety, reduce health care benefits, cut wages by using more contractors to increase their profit rates and fill the owners’ bank accounts.

This is not just a fight for union workers at Verizon. The strikers are fighting for all of us. If Verizon gets away with this it will encourage other bosses to do the same. Workers across the country have a vested interest in mobilizing the broadest solidarity possible. The fight by construction workers for job safety in the face of increasing numbers of deaths on the job will gain strength if Verizon strikers, who face similar conditions, can push their bosses back.

Fast food and Walmart workers fighting for $15 an hour and a union also have a stake in this fight. Every blow the bosses deal to our fellow workers is a blow against us. Every victory by our brothers and sisters puts us in a better position to move forward and would boost the fight to organize the unorganized.

Other unionists face concession demands from their bosses, who seek to make us pay for the deepening crisis of capitalist production and trade. Members of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 at Con Edison in New York just voted to authorize a strike in the face of that company’s attempts to push through further cutbacks. Their contract expires June 25.

We call on our fellow workers: Join the Verizon workers’ picket lines and demonstrations. Take up collections for their strike funds. Invite strikers to speak to your union meetings or to your neighborhood association and other community groups. The Verizon strike shows both the power of working people in action and that our struggles would be even more powerful if we had our own party, a labor party based on our unions, instead of relying on bourgeois politicians who claim to be “friends of labor.” An injury to one is an injury to all! Solidarity with the striking workers at Verizon!


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