Congressman Ted Poe, (TX-02) met with local union groups in Jefferson County yesterday, January 12, 2006. The meeting, hosted by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), gave union members a one-on-one opportunity to discuss important issues facing the region with Congressman Poe.

Labor is the backbone of southeast Texas, said Poe. I believe the American dream is built on hard work and dedication, both strong characteristics of the people in Jefferson County. Congressman Poe continued by saying, I feel that it is crucial to the recovery process along the Texas Gulf Coast that we continue an open door policy between the people and their government. This meeting was exactly that.

Union Representatives discussed rising concerns with health care coverage, illegal immigrants in the workforce, outsourcing, dependence on foreign oil and natural gas, minimum wage increase, as well general labor issues affecting southeast Texas. The meeting was well attended by representatives from approximately 20 Jefferson County Labor Unions.

IBEW host, David Gonzales, expressed his agreement on a successful meeting, I was glad Congressman Poe was willing to listen to us since we dont see eye-to-eye on all political issues. After talking with him, I feel very comfortable in bringing up issues with him in the future.

This meeting was the first of several discussions planned with southeast Texas Labor Unions. Congressman Poe and union members will continue to communicate regularly through individual and group meetings throughout the year.

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