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General: What are your thoughts on the Republican presidential candidates’ policy positions? Which issues would you like the Republican candidates to address as this nominating process continues?

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I think every Legislator that supports unions should Use the phrase "Right to Work for Less" every chance they get. They need to stand up to the Republican misinformation machine. More importantly Right to work for less is a more accurate label which pro union legislators need to make a point of as well.

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Robert Muchow
pft400
Pittsburgh, PA

Republicans continue to support big banks,predatory lenders and the rich over workers, senior citizens,students,and those among us who need a safety net. As usual the voices of anyone who supports a liberal agenda are made out to be unpatriotic and unamerican.Union workers teach our children,protect our citizens,put out our fires,find work for the unemployed and process social security just to name a few of the many jobs done for the benefit of society. I refuse to be called the enemy by these racist,sexist greedy politicians. Republicans need to stop perpetuating hate and fear and actually have a plan.

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michele foster
philadelphia federation of teachers
upper gwynedd, PA

The republican candidates'position on right to work laws would set union workers back to the dark ages before they had any rights and were beholden to the whims of their bosses-remember the NYC Triangle fire where the bosses locked the doors so workers couldn't leave and 150 women were burned to death? I would like to hear the republican views on education Arnie Duncan and NCLB and Race To The Top! janet Mayer UFT member for 50 years!

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janet Mayer
UFT 50 year member
Hawley, PA

I would like for any candidate to address teachers health care and retirement issues.We prefer to have the same quality health care program and retirement benefits that congress and all federal employees receive, including cost of living increases. It's a shame that the Texas Teacher Retirement System has not received a COLA for the past several years.

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joanie Shires
AFT
San Antonio, TX

Health Care: If a patient has cancer,and has children to support but insurance cancels policy because unable to pay. The hospital will not take uninsured persons with cancer. Troop Withdrawal Now: Too much spending on wars. Education:When we retire we don't have Social Security Benefits because we have Teacher Retirement its our money. Immigration:Give them permission to work, If they dont want to become citizens send them back home. Make an application for citizenship. Housing:Adjust the cost of housing for the poor and middle class. Gasoline: If they wanna jack the price of gas they need to automatically give us an increase in salary.

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Jimmy Cruz
Rio Grande City, TX

Right-to-work regulations push wages and working conditions back to the stone age for workers. Please do not dishonor our mothers and fathers in their hard-fought gains to live better, healthier lives. This is another attach on the middle class in disguise as a job-creation move.

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s gentile
Santa Monica, CA

Plz have the Repugnant Repubs Stop lying about Pres Obama's record-especially on Education;He may not have delivered everything we the Dems wabted for education, but at least he didn't stick us with the failed NCLB. I am both a Spec Ed and Gen Ed teacher and this lame exuse for an education policy has hurt our kids for future generations-as Pres Obama has stated, we have lost 10 years of college grads,now 12th in the world, and who know when we will get back to No. 1!

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jean ingram
ABQ ATF
albuquerque, NM

The field of Republican candidates is an absolute embarrassment to the United States of America. Their bigotry, their anti-worker mentality, and their total lack of respect for the American middle class is deplorable. This is not the values that I learned growing up in the United States of America!!!

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Esther Garvett
UTD
Miami, FL

If I WERE going to vote for a Republican, I WAS going to vote for Romney. BUT he is a known UNION BUSTER, so he has not chance with me. I am impressed with Huntsman being an educated cultured man being able to speak other languages. I am still watching and waiting, tho, to see what his practices have been towards unions.

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Mary McElvain
OCEA
Ft. Walton Beach, FL

We need to put more money into education at all levels especially grades K - 12. I was a bilingual teacher for 30 years. I am now retired and make 2,250 dollars per month. I enjoyed my work. I loved the children. It is very difficult when you have 35 mostly non-English speakers in your classroom. The USA isn't going to be a top power if we don't educate our youth!

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peter hatch
PVFT
Aptos, CA

Ron Paul works towards the elimination of the inefficient Department of Education, leaving education decisions to be made at the state, local or personal level. The Constitution does not authorize the Department of Education, and the founders never envisioned the federal government dictating education policies. Teachers, parents, and local community leaders should be making decisions about exactly how our children should be taught, not Washington bureaucrats. The Department of Education has given us No Child Left Behind and massive unfunded mandates. AFT needs to break w/tradition (only supporting democrats) and support Paul!

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jeanne DeVincent
morgantown
Morgantown, WV

Where in The Constitution is Congress's authorization to write a national "Right to Not Collectively Bargain" law? Doesn't the First Amendment provide for feedom of speech and association?

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A. Seth Miller
New Britain, CT

The Republican primary highlights the major differences between the two parties and the role that labor must play in the upcoming November elections. While the Republicans claim class warfare it is in fact a fight for survival for the middle and lower classes. In Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, unions and their members are under attack by the Republican Tea Party extremists. It is up to union workers and union leadership to help organize and support lawmakers who will protect and support the American worker from the policies of the Mitt Romney's and other Republicans who are intent on continuing the onslaught against workers and their unions.

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rick mangone
uft local #2
atlantic beach, NY

In light of the fact that the Republican Party was taken over by the "Right Wing" that calls themselves "Christians" when they do not follow, in any way, the teachings of Jesus Christ but instead have a Doctrine of Hate, it is no wonder that the candidates pandering to this leadership are so nauseating today. Their Policies do not help the citizens of this country but some of the Billionaires that have gotten rich using God's Name. There are some Republicans out there somewhere that have a brain, conscience, know what real Christianity is, have a love of their fellow man, and a love of this country. Please take your party back!!!

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Delores Dees
Not a Union Member
Corpus Christi, TX

Should we go back to the days of sweatshops?

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Maryann Jakubiak
UFT
Levittown, NY

It hardly matters what they say! No modern republican has spoken for the working class and/or for most Americans since the 19th century...and it was to preserve the Union, not average people, even then. Democrats have done the better work!

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Connie Lobur
UUP
Peekskill, NY

None of the Republican wannabes are acceptable on any level to me. They all are part of the social and fiscal reactionary element of the party and stand against everything I think is needed and good for the society. From our perspective they are fronts for the most reactionary elements in the society and I think would turn this country further towards the 19th Century with all the benefits for the richest people and only exploitation and misery for the economically insecure. I think that the media is doing us a big disservice in focusing so exclusively on these so-called races.

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Dr Paul G Shane
Rutgers University
Philadelphia, PA

Right to work laws really means right to work for less for everyone. These new laws are really awful. They will make the rich-richer and the poor-poorer. Republican's should check out the facts and stop lying about these laws. They are misleading people. They should concentrate on how they can help out the unemployed. They should also concentrate on bringing back our jobs to the US.

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mary Yonkers
NYSUT
St. Petersburg, FL

Explain exactly why you have consistently supported policies, such as right to work laws, that are specifically designed to undermine workers' rights to unionize?

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Harold Buttitta
AFT
Boynton Beach, FL

What's the recommendation of AFT's leadership for members registered as Republicans or who live in states without permanent party registration (where all voters can vote in Republican primaries). /// Four choices: // 1. Vote for the Republican who comes closest to what you like or stands most likelihood of listening. // 2. Vote for the Republican who stands the least likelihood of winning the general election. // 3. Change registration to Democrat (and thus, in some jurisdictions, disenfranchise oneself from the only local elections that matter). // 4. Don't vote. /// Which choice does the leadership recommend?

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David Ramsey
Southeastern
HAMMOND, LA

If we want the candidates to address the jobs issue, they don't have to look any farther than this item gleaned from wikipedia: Some of the most compelling arguments come from analysis of the data. Northwestern University economist Thomas Holmes, now at University of Minnesota, "compared counties close to the border between states with and without right-to-work laws (thereby holding constant an array of factors related to geography and climate). He found that the cumulative growth of employment in manufacturing in the right-to-work states was 26 percentage points greater than that in the non-right-to-work states." [6]

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Paul Killian
Rocky Point T. A.
Holbrook, NY

- Right to Work - is WRONG! - Why aren't you mentioning Children and Education Equity in our United States.

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Cynthia DeNardis
Hamtramck Federation of Teachers - AFT Local 1052
Sterling Heights, MI

I am a former Republiban that has become completely disgusted with the tenor and direction of the GOP in the last 12 years. I voted for Obama, and will again. The GOP is out of touch with the middle class, the people whose labor has built this country, and the corruption of money has accelerated the detachment. In FL, the legislators should by now, realize that we as voters are fed up and willing to get active in getting rid of them. As for Congress, my member, Connie Mack has been a joke. Now he wants to run for the Senate. A clown still riding daddy's coatails. He is not alone, and that's got to change.

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Steve Pricer
Collier Co Ed Assn
Naples, FL

I wonder if they would be as supportive if they had to work under the right to work that they so embrace. Gentlemen, I support the right to VOTE OUT Congresspersons and candidates that support not creating jobs and who support protecting their rich friends at the cost of the middle class.

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S Rod
EPFT&SP
El Paso, TX

All of the Republican presidential candidates' policy positions on jobs is an oxymoron. They say that they are going to create all of these good jobs for Americans, yet they endorse "right to work" which lowers the income structures for public employees. I wonder if they would endorse lowering the minimum wage so that "businesses can better afford to hire new workers?" My other big issue is affordable healthcare for ALL. One of the things that they spout against the Obama Healthcare legislation is that people "won't get to choose their own doctors." On current healthcare plans you are limited to the doctors on the plan.

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Anna Marie Garrett
Hillsborough CTA
Tampa, FL

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