(July 26, 2022) — Union voters and their families in Washington state are being urged to fill out their ballots for the primary election and make their voices heard in support of pro-worker candidates. And union volunteers are doing everything they can to support that effort and make sure that organized labor’s traditionally higher-than-average voter turnout continues in the Aug. 2 election.
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD — With ballots due one week from today, union members and community supporters are urged to VOTE in Washington’s primary. Return your ballots postage-free in the mail, or deposit them in ballot drop boxes by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2. And of course, find out which candidates have earned labor’s endorsement as the best choices for working families. Delegates representing unions from across the state have done the research, interviewed the candidates and voted on which candidates deserve the recommendation of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and of regional Central Labor Councils. Here are those endorsements:
Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
MLK Labor (King County)
Pierce County Central Labor Council
Snohomish & Island County Labor Council
Southwest Washington Central Labor Council
Spokane Regional Labor Council
Thurston-Lewis-Mason Counties Central Labor Council
If your CLC is not listed here, contact them directly to see if they have any election recommendations.
Labor Neighbor, the WSLC’s grassroots member-to-member political action program, engages union members to inform fellow union members and their families about the candidates and ballot measures that have earned labor’s endorsement — and why they earned it. The program has been active throughout the month of July, contacting union voters, explaining who the pro-worker candidates are, and urging members to vote.
Now in the home stretch with just one week to go, Labor Neighbor is seeking union volunteers for the following activities:
WEDNESDAY — Labor Neighbor virtual phone banking (from the comfort of your home) will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27 to support labor-endorsed candidates in the upcoming Primary Election. Get details and RSVP.
FRIDAY — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray will join Larry Brown and April Sims, the executive officers of the Washington State Labor Council, at a Labor GOTV (Get Out The Vote) Rally at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, July 29 at the Machinists 751 Hall, 9125 15th Place South in Seattle. Register here.
SATURDAY — Union volunteers are needed for a Labor Neighbor walk on Saturday, July 30 in the Des Moines area to support labor-endorsed candidates in the 30th Legislative District. Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. at UFCW 3000, 23040 Pacific Hwy S. in Des Moines. Get details and RSVP.
SATURDAY — Union volunteers are needed for a Labor Neighbor walk on Saturday, July 30 in the Bellingham area to support labor-endorsed candidates in the 42nd Legislative District. Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. at WEA Fourth Corner, 405 32nd St., Suite 205, in Bellingham. Get details and RSVP.
Thank you for joining the legions of union volunteers who are making a difference this election season.
The Stand (July 7) — Volunteer to support pro-worker champions (by WSLC Political and Strategic Campaigns Director Cherika Carter)