Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.
The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) is throwing its support behind three of its own members running in Kansas: Matthew Joyce and Derek Milligan are running for the state House and Charity Kennedy is a candidate for Sedgwick County treasurer. Earlier this month, IFPTE sent out a series of mailers in support of the three members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace/IFPTE (SPEEA/IFPTE) Local 2001. The mailers, which were sent to nearly 2,700 members living in Kansas, highlighted not only the fact that fellow IFPTE members were seeking office, but that they would be strong voices for the rights of workers to collectively bargain. IFPTE International President Paul Shearon commented that, “IFPTE is a strong proponent of union members running for elected office, as they are the ones who become the strongest advocates for workers and unions in office. IFPTE is proud that Matthew, Charity and Derek are taking this step to run and are happy to support them.”