3 Things AFL-CIO President Trumka Asked Union Members to Do During Meeting with AFGE Council 1

Categories: The Insider, Election 2020

AFGE Council 1, which represents federal and D.C. government workers in the National Capital Area, was honored to have AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka as a special guest speaker during a Sept. 9 virtual discussion about what the upcoming 2020 election means for working people.

After being introduced by AFGE President Everett Kelley, President Trumka started off by thanking federal workers for the work they do serving the American people. He talked about how federal employees deserve to be treated with dignity, not attacked by President Trump’s anti-worker executive orders, management edicts, and the longest government shutdown in history.

He praised AFGE for fighting back in the court, at the bargaining tables, and on the streets. He applauded AFGE for organizing and helping take back the House in the last election. He urged AFGE members to come out in full force this November to vote for labor-friendly candidates.

“We’re a country whose strength comes from unions, and we’re a country whose future depends on the strength of our unions. So, in this election, the stakes could not be higher, and the choice could not be clearer,” he said. “It is time to elect our friend Joe Biden as President and make history when we elect Kamala Harris as Vice President.”

In addition to the election of the President of the United States, all 435 House seats, 35 Senate seats, and 13 state and territorial governorships are up for grabs on Nov. 3. Numerous state and local elections will also be contested.

To help elect labor-friendly candidates, here are 3 things Trumka urged union members to do:  

  1. Vote early. Request a mail-in ballot and get it in as soon as possible.
  2. Volunteer to phonebank to remind fellow union members to vote. This is even more important during the pandemic.
  3. Volunteer to be a poll worker so that we have as many voting sites open as possible. Milwaukee, Wis., for example, normally has 178 voting sites, but in the primary election held just two months ago, they had only five polling places open. This could be a major problem in November.

“We need to be ready for the fight of a lifetime,” President Trumka said. “Every election year, nearly every politician says the same thing. They tell us this is the most important election of our lifetime. Brothers and sisters, this election could shape America for a lifetime.”

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