Broad, Barry

Barry Broad is the Managing Partner in the law firm of Broad & Gusman, LLP, a firm he established in 1994. His firm specializes in government relations and administrative law. His clients include major labor organizations such as the Teamsters, International Longshore & Warehouse Union, United Food & Commercial Workers, UNITE-HERE, International Association of Machinists, and the Amalgamated Transit Union. He is currently Chair of the California Employment Training Panel and is a former member of the Industrial Welfare Commission. He also serves as an expert witness in wage and hour cases. He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis. Mr. Broad is the author of the international thriller Eve of Destruction, published in 2008 and is working on a sequel.

Senator Reid: Why Should We Help You Win Re-election?

By Barry Broad
California Teamsters Public Affairs Council

An Open Letter to Harry Reid

Dear Senator Reid,

I am writing you because we are facing the strong likelihood of an unprecedented electoral defeat this November if the Congress does not start passing legislation and moving a progressive agenda. As it stands, Democratic base voters are completely dispirited and are growing more cynical by the moment. In California, we could lose a Senate seat, several house seats, and the Governor’s race.

The problem is the ability of the Republicans to block all legislation through a filibuster. People think the Democrats are spineless or worse, duplicitous, telling base constituencies like organized labor and the environmental community they are with them while reassuring the business community that nothing will ever happen.