Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Ed Fallone and Circuit Court Judge Candidate Janet Protasiewicz were on hand at the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO office in Milwaukee on Saturday morning to welcome volunteers as they hit the phones and the streets to contact voters.
Al Lemke, a fleet mechanic for the City of West Allis and member of AFSCME Local 80 has been heavily involved in elections since Gov. Scott Walker introduced Act 10 and stripped public workers of their collective bargaining rights.
“I’m volunteering to get out the vote for Ed Fallone, Tony Evers and Janet Protasiewicz,” said Lemke. “We’re calling other union members to remind them to executive their rights to vote. Whoever they vote for is up to them, but labor has endorsed candidates who will represent working people and it is important to have the conversation about the candidates with fellow union members. Every election has consequences but this election could ultimately determine the fate of Act 10 when it ends up in the Supreme Court so union members need to get to the polls.”
Volunteer phone banks and canvasses are being held in Eau Claire, Kenosha, La Crosse, Madison, Menasha, Milwaukee, Racine, and Superior now until polls close on Election Day.
“Working families are engaged in the Spring Election and understand the importance of restoring integrity to the Supreme Court by electing Ed Fallone and electing a champion for students by re-electing Tony Evers as Superintendent of Public Instruction,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. “Union members are taking time out of their Saturday and grabbing a walk packet or a call list and talking to fellow union members – reminding them to get to the polls to vote and explaining why labor endorsed candidates will best represent the interests of middle-class families in Wisconsin.”
Union members will be using grassroots people power to counter special interest money which has flooded the Supreme Court race for Justice Patience Roggensack. By having one-on-one conversations about the importance of this election and which candidates will stand up for middle class Wisconsin, union members are encouraging fellow union members to get to the polls on Tuesday between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO has endorsed Ed Fallone for Supreme Court and Tony Evers for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Local Labor Councils have made regional endorsements.
(Top Photo: Volunteers make calls at the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO offie in Milwaukee. Top Left Photo: Craig with Laborers Local 113 makes calls for Ed Fallone. Middle right photo: Stephanie with Madison Teachers Inc. makes calls in Madison. Bottom Right Photo: Peggy and Betty make Spring Election calls at UAW Local 72 hall in Kenosha)