VOLUNTEER BREAKDOWN BY LOCATION
“I haven’t been very politically active in the past, but now I understand that our jobs are really tied into the elections,” reveals Todd Strasser of ATU Local 519.
Strasser took part in his first member to member walk on Saturday in La Crosse. He chose to volunteer his valuable time with Labor 2010, even though this was his first Saturday off of work in four months. “The thought of going door to door was a little intimidating for me, but because were visiting union households the people that we talked to were pretty supportive.”
There is a first time for everything, and many Wisconsin union members are taking the plunge and volunteering for a Labor Walk because they realize that politics affects their daily lives.
“I am only 25 and I want to see more young workers get involved,” says DiAndre Jackson of UAW Local 469. Jackson participated in his first member to member walk in Milwaukee over the weekend. “We complain that politicians don’t listen. Well, we have to get active and make them listen. This was my first Labor Walk but it won’t be my last.”
“I had a very positive experience,” reports Mary Modder, President of the Kenosha Education Association. Modder participated in her first member to member on Saturday. “At first, knocking on the doors terrified me. But at the first two or three houses we met retirees who thanked us and cheered us on for taking action. That really built my confidence.”
According to Modder, education funding is a critical issue this election season, especially in the governor’s race. “Teachers have sacrificed by accepting stagnant wages year after year in order to bargain for better health insurance. Scott Walker wants to force teachers into lesser insurance plans and negate decades of our collective bargaining efforts. We must elect a pro-education governor who respects union members and working families.”
Of course, you don’t have to be a new Labor 2010 volunteer to make a difference on the doors.
Mike Underhill of UAW Local 72 has been active in Kenosha politics for decades and participated in a Labor Walk on Saturday. According to Underhill, “It’s always refreshing to get out and talk to union families, because we start the conversation on common economic ground. By far the biggest issue this election season is job creation.”
“Talking to our union brothers and sisters in person reminds people that the labor movement continues to stand up for their interests,” adds DJ Dixon, former Vice President and current member of AFSCME Local 60. Dixon participated in the Madison area member to member walk over the weekend. “Even when working people disagree with our endorsements, they respect where we are coming from and appreciate that we took the time to have the conversation.”
On Saturday, Labor 2010 volunteers in Wausau were joined by a very special guest. State Senator and Congressional Candidate Julie Lassa stopped by to thank union activist for their efforts and support through the member to member program.
“I know Julie quite well, and she has been a real friend of working people during her time in Madison,” says Deb Foth, President of AFSCME Local 1751, AFSCME Council 40 Executive Board Member, and Secretary Treasurer of the Central Wisconsin Area Labor Federation. “It is extremely important that we get her elected to represent working families in Washington.”
“We’ve got to remind people where we were two years ago,” concludes Dave Moffitt, member of CWA Local 4622 and Legislative Representative for the Fond Du Lac County Labor Council. “The people in power now didn’t put our economy into the ditch, and it is going to take some time for them to pull us out. But we can’t afford to go back to failed policies that got us into trouble in the first place.”
So whether it is your first time or your fiftieth, contact your local Service Area Organizer to volunteer for an upcoming member to member walk near you!
All of the other member to member walks, listed alphabetically by location below, took place on Saturday, August 28th.
In Kenosha, volunteers from ATU Local 998, CWA Local 4611, the Kenosha Education Association, and UAW Local 72 reached out to fellow union members in support of Sen. Russ Feingold and gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett.
VOLUNTEER BREAKDOWN BY LOCATIONVolunteers from the South Central Federation of Labor got an early start this week, by conducting an evening Labor Walk in Horticon, Madison, and New Glarus on August 25th. Members of AFSCME Local 52, CWA Local 4622, IAMAW Local 873, IRON Local 383, UFCW Local 1473, and the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans visited union households in support of Tom Barrett and Russ Feingold.
In Fond du Lac, participants from AFT-Wisconsin and CWA Local 4266 talked to union families about the importance of supporting working family candidates.
In Green Bay, members of CWA Local 4621, OPEIU Local 9, USW District 2, USW Local 2-144, USW Local 815, USW Local 1096, and USW 2-1279 encouraged their union brothers and sisters to support Rep. Steve Kagen, Sen. Russ Feingold, and Tom Barrett for governor.
In La Crosse, volunteers from AFGE Local 1346, ATU Local 519, and USW Local 2-150 reached out to fellow union members in support of endorsed AFL-CIO candidates. Some participants went on a member to member walk, while others conducted a member to member phonebank.
In the Madison area, workers and retirees from AFSCME Local 1, AFSCME Local 60, AFT Local 3220, IBEW Local 159, UFCW Local 1473, SEIU Local 1199, and SEIU Health Care Wisconsin continued to spread the word to union families about Tom Barrett and Russ Feingold.
In Milwaukee, activists from AFSCME Local 33, AFSCME Local 170, AFSCME Local 567, AFSCME Local 645, AFSCME Local 882, AFSCME Local 1654, AFSCME Retiree Chapter 48, AFSCME Subchapter 36, AFT Local 2169, AFT Local 4822, AFT-WFNHP Local 5001, CWA Local 4603, IAMAW Lodge 66, IRON Local 8, IUOE Local 139, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, NALC Branch 397, OPEIU Local 9, SEIU Local 1, SEIU Local 150, SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin, SEIU Statewide Council UA Local 75, UAW Local 438, UAW Local 469, UFCW Local 1473, and the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans were thanked by endorsed state assembly candidate JoCasta Zamarripa before heading out to talk to fellow union members.
In Wausau, volunteers from AFSCME Local 1751, AFSCME Local 2748, USW District 2, and USW Local 2-224 had a chance to talk to endorsed Congressional Candidate Julie Lassa before sharing her working family ideals with other union members.
(Top Photo: Congressional candidate Julie Lassa with Wausau Labor 2010 volunteers. Photo Credit: Scott Wright. Top Right Photo: Rob Boelk of CWA Local 4622 rings the doorbell at a Madison area union household. Photo Credit: Greg Neil. Top Left Photo: DiAndre Jackson of UAW Local 469. Photo Credit: Jenissee Volpintesta. Second Right Photo: Mary Modder of the Kenosha Education Association with her husband and walk partner Marvin Modder. Photo Credit: Justin Geiger. Second Left Photo: Denny Lauer of USW Local 2-1279 participating in the Green Bay member to member walk. Photo Credit: Greg Hinds. Third Right Photo: Zach Stoner of CWA Local 4611 visiting Kenosha union households. Photo Credit: Justin Geiger. Bottom Left Photo: Vicki Ash of AFGE Local 1346 calling union member from La Crosse. Photo Credit: Andy Thompson. Bottom Right Photo: Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President David Newby signing in for the Madison Labor Walk. Photo Credit: Greg Neil.
For more Labor 2010 member to member walk pictures, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wisaflcio/collections/72157624464005331/.)