At the recent IATSE General Executive Board Meeting, all IATSE Locals were charged with organizing a Get Out The Vote operation for the upcoming November 6th Election. Firstly, to make sure that all our members are registered to vote, and secondly to ensure that those same members actually get to the polls and cast their vote in the election, whether in person or by absentee ballot.
The AFL-CIO’s statistics tell us that 26% of IATSE members are not registered to vote. Let’s make sure that Local USA 829 is not part of that percentage. The upcoming election is extremely important to all of us. We have a good shot of taking back the House, but the real goal must be to flip the Senate and halt the appointment of conservative anti-Labor judges. There are currently 179 Federal Judgeships open and ready for the President to make appointments to fill those positions. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader has stated on multiple occasions that appointing Federal Judges is his number one priority.
Let’s not be mistaken - The recent Supreme Court Janus vs. AFSCME decision may only affect public sector unions but it is clear that private sector unions are next and that the labor movement is under attack. Local USA 829 members are directly affected by Federal legislative decisions made every day in Washington DC. Your vote is extremely important. We must elect candidates who support issues which have an impact on our wages, working conditions and our lives. Issues such as;
- Judicial Nominees and their ability to affect LGBTQ, Women's and Labor issues
- Federal Right to Work (anti-Union) legislation
- Protection of Intellectual Property
- Misclassification of Employees
- Federal Tax Incentives
On Tuesday, August 7th, in a resounding victory for Labor, Missouri voters showed that Right-To-Work Legislation can be defeated – even in a Red State! It’s all about voter turnout.
In the weeks leading up to the November 6th election, members of USA 829 along with our brothers and sisters at other IATSE Locals will work to ensure that all of our members are registered to vote. In addition, we want to be sure that anyone who will be away from home on Election Day applies for an absentee ballot before the deadline in your particular state.
Each of the Regional offices will conduct phone banks that focus on the members in their region If you are interested in volunteering to make phone calls send an email to 829Votes@usa829.org.
To register online go to https://vote.usa.gov. You can also check your registration status, find out your polling place or get absentee ballot information by going to https://nass.org/can-i-vote and click on your state.
Si se puede!