“Sen. Krist, unlike his opponent, understands everyday working Nebraskans.”
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OMAHA, NE – The Omaha Federation of Labor, which represents 33 unions and 20,000 workers in the Omaha metro area, today announced their support for Sen. Bob Krist for Governor and Sen. Lynne Walz for Lt. Governor of Nebraska.
“Senator Krist has an impressive ten-year record in the Nebraska Legislature of supporting labor and key policies protecting the rights of workers, and we look forward to more of the same when he serves as governor,” said Federation President and State Senator, Mike McDonnell.
“Senator Krist, unlike his opponent, understands what it is like for the everyday working Nebraskan in this state. He recognizes the need to support policies such as the rights of workers to collectively bargain and that workers should be paid competitive wages and benefits for their honest day's work,” McDonnell said.
“Sen. Krist and Sen. Walz are the future of Nebraska. They will serve the working people of Nebraska to improve their lives and the lives of their children, McDonnell said.
“I grew up in a union home. My father was a union guy, my grandfather was a union guy. I know what it means to work hard and earn a living, in good times and bad. On behalf of my father and grandfather and all hardworking Nebraskans, I proudly accept this endorsement,” Krist said.
“Our Nebraska workforce is an important issue given its small population, low unemployment rate, and growing demand for skilled labor,” he said.
“During the last session, there was a coalition of senators who supported $25 million in funding for job training programs within the budget. Unfortunately, Gov. Ricketts did not support those efforts. Instead, the governor only included $5 million for the Job Training Cash Fund - not nearly enough funding for the program to be effective,” Krist said.
“The state can do more through job training, workforce development, internship and apprenticeship programs to help build up our workforce to make Nebraska an even better place to live and work,” Krist said.
“The governor does not support these efforts because he does not understand how and why they are important. He has never been a member of the workforce in the same way that the average, middle-class Nebraskans have – in fact he always had the fallback of his dad getting him a job,” he said.
“As governor, I will work to increase funding for job training and workforce development programs in order to grow the state’s economy by investing in its workforce—from early childhood education to job retraining in later life,” Krist said.
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