“This is a big year because we have to elect a governor who supports working class families. Tom Barrett is the candidate that we trust and endorse,” according to Martha Williams, registered nurse and recent Milwaukee area labor walk volunteer from WFNHP-AFT Local 5001. As a shop steward for her Local, Williams has heard about dangerous cuts to the Milwaukee County mental health system under Scott Walker’s administration.
“I take care of two elderly clients. I don’t want to see their quality of life deteriorate because of bad political decisions,” says Karen Black, member of SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin.
On Saturday in La Crosse, Black participated in her first member to member labor walk. “It was a lot of fun, and it was such a worthwhile thing to do. We are helping undecided union workers figure out which candidates to choose, and we are motivating people who otherwise might not vote. I’m certainly going to keep doing this.”
Over the past week, Labor 2010 volunteers in Appleton, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Waukesha and Wisconsin Rapids have hit the doors in support of Senator Russ Feingold and gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett, in part because they will defend the vital public services that sustain our communities and create family-wage jobs.
Member to member walks are off to a great start, and we need your help to keep them going strong. Click here to view the labor walk schedule for the rest of August.
Two separate Labor Walks took place in Madison last week. On August 4th, members of AFT Local 3220, SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin, SEIU Statewide Council and UFCW Local 1473 visited union households in support of Russ Feingold and Tom Barrett. And on August 7th, volunteers from AFSCME Local 2412, AFSCME retirees, AFT Local 3220, AFT International, SEIU Local 1199, and SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin went door to door to talk to their fellow union member about politics.
In Appleton on Saturday, members of AFT-Wisconsin, DALU Local 24111, USW District 2, USW Local 2-20, USW Local 2-144, USW Local 2-169, USW Local 2-213, USW Local 2-469 USW Local 2-1279, and USW Local 1096 encouraged fellow union households to support Rep. Steve Kagen, Senator Russ Feingold and Tom Barrett for Governor. The Appleton labor walkers used the USW District 2 offices in Menasha as their headquarters for the day.Also on Saturday, August 7th, the La Crosse labor walk featured members of AFSCME Local 1947, AFT - Wisconsin, ATU Local 519, SEIU Local 150, SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin, and UA Local 434 calling on all union members to support AFL-CIO endorsed candidates.
In the Milwaukee area on Saturday, participants from AFT Local 212, AFT Local 2169, AFT Local 8047R, AFSCME District Council 48 Sub-Chapter 36, AFSCME Local 24, AFSCME Local 33, AFSCME Local 47, AFSCME Local 170, AFSMCE Local 758, AFSCME Local 1055, AFSCME Local 1954, CWA Local 4603, DALU Local 24111, NALC Branch 397, SEIU Local 1, OPEIU Local 9, SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin, SEIU Statewide Council, UA Local 75, WFNHP-AFT Local 5001, and the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans shared information about endorsed candidates, including State Senator Jim Sullivan, with union families.
In Wisconsin Rapids over the weekend, volunteers from LIUNA Local 268, SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin, and USW District 2 walked in support of Senator Russ Feingold, Tom Barrett for Governor, and Julie Lassa for Congress.
Click here for details on the previously reported Waukesha labor walk.
(Top Right Photo: Martha Williams, registered nurse and recent Milwaukee area labor walk volunteer from WFNHP-AFT Local 5001. Photo Credit: Jenissee Volpintesta. Top Left Photo: Willard "Willy" Jonas of UA Local 434 and Karen Black of SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin review their walk packet before heading out in La Crosse. Photo Credit: Andy Thompson. Middle Right Photo: Odessa Robinson and Bonita Strauss of SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin were invited into the home of 91 year-old UAW Local 9 retiree John Hayburn during the Milwaukee area member to member walk. Bottom Left Photo: Julie Stein of USW Local 2-144 signs-in at the Appleton labor walk. Photo Credit: Sylvia Hinds. Bottom Right Photo: Odessa Robinson of SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin leaves a flier for a member who isn't home. Photo Credit: Jenissee Volpintesta. For more pictures of recent labor walks, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wisaflcio/collections/72157624464005331/.)