UAW Voluntary Community Action Program (V-CAP)

Joel Blatchford ad
30 sec. TV ad run
in IN, MI, OH and PA, announced Oct. 7, 2008.


[Music] Joel Blatchford: I've got a new grandson, but I'm worried about his future.

Friends of mine, they're losing their jobs, losing their homes.

John McCain -- I don't think he gets it.  Just like Bush, no ideas for new jobs, more bad trade deals, more tax breaks to send our work overseas.

My friends are losing their jobs; his friends are getting bigger tax breaks.

We can't afford John McCain.

Male Announcer: UAW V-CAP is responsible for the content of this advertising.



Notes: Here is the fact sheet on this ad...

Joel Blatchford, a member of UAW Local 5960, is a pipefitter at GM’s vehicle manufacturing facility in Lake Orion, Michigan.

Joel and his wife Susan have two children:  Joel James Blatchford, 30, and Sarah Margaret Russell.  Sarah just gave birth to Joel’s first grandson, Maxwell Russell.

Joel was hired at GM in 1985, after participating in a publicly-funded job training program.  “That was a well-spent program,” he says.  “It gave me the skills to put me to work and I haven’t been laid off since.”

With a loss of nearly four million good-paying manufacturing jobs since George Bush took office in 2001, Joel is deeply concerned about the future direction of the U.S. economy, and the opportunities that will be available to his children and his grandson.

 “You see so many people leaving Michigan looking for work,” he says.  “I’d hate to see my kids go out of state; we like to keep the family nearby.”

 “John McCain’s attitude seems to be, ‘get over it, the jobs ain’t coming back,” says Blatchford.  “You can’t approach it that way.  You’ve got to keep people working.”

McCain, however, supports the same Bush Administration policies that have led to the loss of millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs, including one-sided trade deals and tax breaks for companies which outsource U.S. jobs.1

McCain has stated, for example, that NAFTA is a “good idea”2 and he supports an imbalanced trade deal with South Korea which would open up the U.S. market to imported vehicles without requiring reciprocal action to open Korean markets to U.S. vehicles.3

1 S. 1637, Vote #83, 5/5/04
2 Des Moines Register, Nov. 27, 2007
3 “American in the Global Economy,”, May 19, 2008