“How are we going to get our message across? We have to speak from the heart and talk face to face, worker to worker. We have to counter the well-funded corporate agenda by getting to union members at home and in the workplace,” says Ken Greening of UA Local 75. “When we cut taxes and services, we are really cutting the support systems that sustain working families. We’ve got to make sure that people are voting in their own best interest.”
Two weeks ago union members across Wisconsin got into the swing of the political season by participating in the 2010 Member to Member Walk Kick-Off. Now that we are warmed up, working people must follow through with a sustained effort to elect high quality candidates in November.
On August 3rd, Waukesha union members held their first labor walk of the year in support of Russ Feingold and Tom Barrett. IAMAW Local 1377 opened up their hall as labor walk headquarters.
Volunteers from AFT Local 212, AFT Local 2169, AFT retirees, IBEW Local 494, UA Local 75, USW District 2, and USW Local 3740 encouraged their fellow union members to support candidates who will create jobs and stand up for working people.
Tomorrow member to member walks will take place in La Crosse, Madison, Menasha, Milwaukee, and Wisconsin Rapids.
(Top Photo: Ken Greening of UA Local 75 prepares to hit the doors in Waukesha. Bottom Photo: USW Service Rep. Lorretta Tyler and David Hinkley of USW Local 3740 with their walk packets in Waukesha. Credit for Both Photos: Justin Geiger. For more pictures from the Waukesha labor walk, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/wisaflcio/sets/72157624654345412/.)