If you have been following our blog you know that union members are knocking on doors and making phone calls to talk with fellow union members about why recalling Scott Walker is essential to preserving a strong middle class in Wisconsin.
What you may not know is that as part of our member-to-member political program, union members are also taking the time to hand-write notes to fellow union members about the upcoming June 5 election.
This grassroots form of communication is letting union members know how other workers have been personally impacted by Scott Walker’s union-busting attacks on the middle class.
Kari Held, a blind occupational therapist at Milwaukee County Mental Health and member of Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, volunteered her time Saturday to hand-stamp postcards at the Milwaukee Area Labor Council.
Held works with schizophrenic, bipolar and people with serious and persistent mental illness (S.P.M.I.) at the day treatment center at Milwaukee Mental Health.
Despite her 22 years of experience working with S.P.M.I. patients, then Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker proposed to eliminate Held's position in 2009. You can read the full-story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel here.
“As Milwaukee County Executive, Scott Walker did not have the peoples’ interests in mind,” explained Held. “He certainly did not have our patients’ interests in mind when year after year he excessively cut mental health services. Now, as Governor, Scott Walker again does not have the people's interest in mind and is overturning important laws. He is taking away union rights, he is taking away equal pay rights for women and he is costing Wisconsin jobs.”
Held continued, “I know Tom Barrett will have the peoples’ interest in mind. He will do more for the people of Wisconsin and more for our mentally ill. We need to vote Scott Walker out of office on June 5 and elect a true champion for working people, Tom Barrett.”
Held, alongside her service dog Trista, hand stamped over 1,000 postcards on Saturday.
If you are a union member in Wisconsin, check your mailbox for this special delivery and head to the polls on June 5 to vote for Tom Barrett and Mahlon Mitchell.