Post-Election Message from IBEW President Lonnie Stephenson

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Donald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States, and I offer my congratulations to the president-elect.

I also offer my thanks to Hillary Clinton on her hard-fought campaign.

This was a long, and at times, divisive, election, but as brothers and sisters in the IBEW, there remains much more that unites us than divides us, and it's more important now than ever that we work together over the coming days, months and years.

Last Tuesday revealed a deep anxiety among the electorate over a declining middle class, stagnant wages and the sense that our political system is rigged in favor of the top 1 percent.

To the extent that President-elect Trump is serious about working toward growing the middle class and providing real opportunities for working Americans, we're willing to work with him. On issues like trade, infrastructure, jobs and outsourcing, there can be common ground between us, and I'm committed to finding it.

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