After an unprecedented pre-primary Labor Neighbor effort, the Washington State Labor Council’s grassroots union member-to-member political education program begins its general election efforts in earnest this week. Phone banks are scheduled across the state this week and this Saturday, Sept. 15 will be the first set of Labor Neighbor “Super Walks.”
VOLUNTEER! See the full Labor Neighbor calendar for a list of all of the weekday phone bank opportunities and Super Walks in your area. Also, volunteers can call from anywhere. If you have a computer and phone available at your office/home, you can participate in phone banking remotely via a virtual predictive dialing system. Click here to RSVP to volunteer, or contact Lori Province for more information via email or at 206-351-2956.
The plan for the general election is to conduct fewer, but more intense “Super Walks” in targeted districts — and then have a BBQ. These Super Walks will be held every Saturday from Sept. 15 through Oct. 20. Every volunteer shift is from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with snacks/training/pair up at 9:30 a.m., first knock at 10:30 a.m., last knock at 2:30 p.m., and debrief and a BBQ at 3 p.m.
The dates and locations for the first round of walks this Saturday, Sept. 15 are:
AUBURN — IAM 751 Hall, 201 A Street SW.
TACOMA — IBEW Local 76, 3049 S. 36th.
SPOKANE — IUOE Local 370, 510 S. Elm.
Labor Neighbor volunteers made nearly 130,000 phone calls and knocked on more than 5,000 doors in the primary season. These volunteers explained to fellow union members which candidates support strong working families, a secure middle class, and a better future for our children.
Since the primary, Labor Neighbor phone banks have already been running, including contacting union members to urge them to register to vote or to update their voter registration.
“Labor Neighbor phone banks started up last Tuesday, after Labor Day events around the state,” said Lori Province, WSLC Field Mobilization Director. “The phones have become a critical tool in labor’s effort to reach union members all over the state — and now with the technology of virtual predictive dialing, Labor Neighbor can call everywhere.”
“We have not yet felt the effect of Citizens United,” Province said. “Every one of us needs to step up and take one shift or more to support the candidates that hold our values if we want to succeed against the corporate money that will be thrown into Washington state’s races.”
With just eight weeks until this year’s critically important election, volunteers are needed to sign up for Labor Neighbor shifts! See the full Labor Neighbor calendar for a list of all of the phone bank opportunities and Super Walks in your area. Click here to RSVP to volunteers for phone banks and Super Walks.
For more information, contact Lori Province at 206-351-2956.