At Worksites and Doors, Union Members Get Out the Message
Posted by Seth Michaels to AFL-CIO NOW
In key states around the country, the union vote will make the difference this fall. As part of the Labor 2008 program, the largest union voter mobilization in history, union volunteers are working hard to educate other members about why they support Sen. Barack Obama and intend to elect a pro-working family Congress this fall.
Worksite leafleting is just one of the ways
Jorgensen, who leaflets at least one worksite every week, says talking to members at their job sites is a critical part of member-to-member communication.
It’s really easy to delete an e-mail, or delete your voice mail, but to actually have somebody come and talk to you—I think they appreciate that a little more that we’re actually doing this.
"I support Barack Obama because I believe he has our best interests at heart. We need heath care, we need jobs, and I think he’s the guy who’s going to do it for us."
McKeever comes out to worksites to show members it’s not just one person or one union supporting Obama, but an entire institution.
"The diversity of the people who are doing the leafleting also tells them that it’s not just one union or two unions. It’s a brotherhood of unions that’s involved in this, and trying to get the message across of what’s important to working families—the Employee Free Choice Act, stopping “right to work” laws being instituted in states, and the general turning around and strengthening of labor as an entire organization."
Worksite leafleting is an effective and powerful way to communicate with members about issues important to workers and their families. Being able to have a discussion about Obama’s 98 percent labor voting record or his support of workers trying to form unions is critical to educating our members. McKeever believes in the power of numbers.
"When we bring a sheet metal worker, an air traffic controller, an electrical worker, a plumber, and we all come out to one job site—it just shows them it’s not just one union that’s telling them this message."
Randy Kiser, Labor 2008 state director for
Kiser reports that 42 union members volunteered for the event, despite record high temperatures in
The 42 volunteers at the labor walk, Kiser reports, represented the AFT, CWA, GCC/IBT, GKCBT, IAM, IBEW, Insulators, IUEC, IUPAT, MNEA, NATCA, SEIU, Teamsters, UFCW and USW.
In recent presidential elections,
Ledbetter reports that AFSCME retiree Gretchen Lowe, a longtime Local 720 member who served as an officer and newsletter editor, leafleted last week outside a Madison city-county building where AFSCME members of Locals 60 and 720 work.
Lowe and four others spent about an hour on the morning of July 10 passing out pro-Obama flyers. While most people were eager to get to work, the Obama leaflets did spark a few conversations. One AFSCME member had worked previously in
We always get a pretty good reception leafleting.
Ledbetter also reports that Patrick Landgraf, SMWIA Local 18 president and business manager, took part in worksite leafleting at MegTec in
It’s this member-to-member contact, at doors and worksites, that will get union members engaged and mobilized for the fall and help pro-working family candidates win in these key states.
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