Volunteers desperately needed for election canvassing

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UNION VOLUNTEERS are desperately needed to canvass fellow union members to urge them to vote for worker-friendly candidates – Democrats and Republicans – in the Primary Election Aug. 2.
UNION VOLUNTEERS are desperately needed to canvass fellow union members to urge them to vote for worker-friendly candidates – Democrats and Republicans – in the Primary Election Aug. 2.

‘If we don’t win… we’re going to be toast’

By TIM ROWDEN

Editor

This year’s primary and general elections are critical to working families in Missouri.

An override of Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of paycheck deception legislation was defeated in the recently ended legislative session by only one vote. Losing even one worker-friendly Democrat or Republican could spell disaster in next year’s legislative session. Missouri could become a right-to-work state.

That’s why the Missouri AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions are asking members to turn out for door-to-door canvasing in critical districts, and to pull a Republican ballot in some cases to ensure working family candidates win their primary races. Worker-friendly Republicans and Democrats are already being targeted by millionaire special interests and these candidates need our help.

“This is the most important election of our lives,” said Mike Louis, president of the Missouri AFL-CIO. “If we don’t do what we need to do in this primary election we’re not going to be happy with the results. If we lose even one House or one Senate seat. Were’ going to end up just like Iowa. We’re going to have right-to-work. We’re going to have paycheck deception. They’re going after prevailing wage. We’re going to have it all. If we don't win the ones we need in the primary and turn around and do the same thing in November, we’re going to be toast.”

CANVASSING

Canvassing has already started in critical St. Louis- and Kansas City-area districts, with union members going door-to-door to speak with fellow union members about the importance of the races in their districts.

“I can’t stress enough how important it is to go door-to-door and talk to our members face-to-face,” said Missouri AFL-CIO Political Director Merri Berry. “Your fellow union members need to hear from you.”

OneDayDentures.7-7-16The following canvassing, phone-banking and Get Out The Vote opportunities have been scheduled in the St. Louis area in July. If you’re available to volunteer, you can help shape the outcome of these primary elections.

  • Tuesday, July 12, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., canvass for 119th House District candidate Republican Nate Tate (St. Clair). Meet at Aldi’s parking lot, 320 Park Ridge Road, Sullivan, MO.
  • Thursday, July 14, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., canvass for incumbent 111th House District candidate Shane Roden (R-Cedar Hill). Meet at 36 Gravois Station Road, House Springs, MO (behind the BP gas station).
  • Saturday, July 16, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., canvass for 23rd Senate District candidate Anne Zerr (R-St. Charles). Meet at Tri-County Labor Legislative Club, 10, Droeste Square, St. Charles, MO (behind bowling alley).
  • Tuesday, July 19, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., canvass for 108th House District candidate Republican Jeff Schwentker (O’Fallon). Meet at Tri- County Labor Legislative Club, 10 Droeste Square, St. Charles, MO (behind bowling alley).
  • Thursday, July 21, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., canvass for 23rd Senate District candidate Anne Zerr (R-St. Charles). Meet at Tri-County Labor Legislative Club, 10, Droeste Square, St. Charles, MO (behind bowling alley).
  • Saturday, July 23, 10:30 - 1:00 p.m., canvass for 23rd Senate District candidate Anne Zerr (R-St. Charles). Meet at Tri-County Labor Legislative Club, 10, Droeste Square, St. Charles, MO (behind bowling alley).

GOTV

  • Tuesday, July 26, 5:30 - 8 p.m., Get Out The Vote for 23rd Senate District candidate Anne Zerr (R-St. Charles). Meet at Tri-County Labor Legislative Club, 10, Droeste Square, St. Charles, MO (behind bowling alley).
  • Clark floorThursday, July 28, 5:30 - 8 p.m., Get Out The Vote for 23rd Senate District candidate Anne Zerr (R-St. Charles). Meet at Tri-County Labor Legislative Club, 10, Droeste Square, St. Charles, MO (behind bowling alley).
  • Friday, July 29, 5:30 - 8 p.m., Get Out The Vote for 23rd Senate District candidate Anne Zerr (R-St. Charles). Meet at Tri-County Labor Legislative Club, 10, Droeste Square, St. Charles, MO (behind bowling alley).
  • Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Get Out The Vote for 23rd Senate District candidate Anne Zerr (R-St. Charles). Meet at Tri-County Labor Legislative Club, 10, Droeste Square, St. Charles, MO (behind bowling alley).
  • Sunday July 31, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Get Out The Vote for 23rd Senate District candidate Anne Zerr (R-St. Charles). Meet at Tri-County Labor Legislative Club, 10, Droeste Square, St. Charles, MO (behind bowling alley).
  • Monday, Aug. 1, 5:30 - 8 p.m., Get Out The Vote for 23rd Senate District candidate Anne Zerr (R-St. Charles). Meet at Tri-County Labor Legislative Club, 10, Droeste Square, St. Charles, MO (behind bowling alley).

To RSVP or more information, email Missouri AFL-CIO Political Director Merri Berry at 314-420-8095 or email politicaldirector@moaflcio.org.

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