Voting Gives Workers a Seat at the Table

Just six days to go. We’ve heard a lot about the low-turnout projections. But in this final week, labor unions are out in force doing what we do best: talking to workers face to face and on the phone about the importance of exercising our fundamental right to vote. Voting gives a voice. It gives us a seat at the table. It’s the great equalizer to money and power.

Today the California Labor Federation announced our GOTV program will engage millions in the final week. Here’s a few of the numbers:

  • Thousands of union volunteers going door-to-door, making phone calls and communicating with voters electronically
  • GOTV mailers: 1.1 million
  • GOTV phone calls and door knocks: 1.2 million
  • A six-figure online GOTV ad campaign

In an age of negative advertising blitzes, personal contact is still king. That’s our focus. That’s how we elect candidates who will stand up for workers and stand up against the corporate elite.

Thousands of union volunteers are hitting the streets and phones in the final week to interact directly with voters, communicating the stakes of this election for working people. This week’s mobilization caps the Labor Federation’s months-long voter contact program, which uses sophisticated voter-targeting technology alongside traditional, boots-on-the-ground campaigning to ensure workers have a voice on Election Day.

 Labor Federation leader Art Pulaski:

Whether we’re teachers or firefighters, grocery clerks or bricklayers, working people need a seat at the table to ensure we can put food on the table for our families. That seat at the table comes from voting. In the final GOTV push, Californians will hear directly from union volunteers about the importance of this election to our jobs, schools, families and future.   With record income inequality stifling the American Dream for far too many, it’s more important than ever that workers make our voices heard on Election Day.

If you haven’t already, volunteer for a GOTV event. Hit a phone bank. Help your family and friends make a plan to vote on Election Day. Share the list of union-endorsed candidates who stand with working folks.

Six more days. Time to get out the vote.