Labor walk volunteers come up big in final push before Election Day
Today, with only three days to go before the midterm elections, organized labor showed its strength as 2,029 volunteers turned out to Labor Walks across the state. Together, the volunteers knocked on 70,015 union household doors in a final effort to educate fellow members on the benefits of voting for candidates who will place the needs of working families first.
A true champion of working people, Congressional Candidate Rebecca “Mikie” Sherrill visited the Passaic CLC in Clifton, where she was greeted by a crowd of nearly 250 volunteers—all of whom were eager to show their support.
“I am standing on the shoulders of the labor movement, here today, and I truly appreciate the work you are all doing,” Sherrill said, addressing the audience before they took to the streets on her behalf. “I can guarantee you that I will fight for labor issues. We have to hold the line here in New Jersey, and we have to fight hard in Congress to make sure we take back some of the ground we’ve lost in the last several decades.”
Sherrill is one of many candidates who is currently in a tight race. We, as a one million member strong state-wide labor movement, are her last line of defense against her opponent—a Republican controlled by the same anti-union forces that wish to strip us of our rights—and we must do whatever we can to put her over the edge.
The same goes for Senator Bob Menendez and all of our labor-endorsed candidates. If we continue to push, to seize every opportunity to educate our brothers and sisters, we can make our voices heard at the ballot box and ensure that labor has a seat at the table. This election is our chance to show our adversaries that when working people stand together, we are an unassailable force, and there is no limit to what we can accomplish.
So, let’s show the nation what it means to be union strong. Let’s show them that not even the multimillion-dollar smear campaigns and hateful rhetoric of Bob Hugin, Tom MacArthur, Jay Webber, Leonard Lance, and other anti-union politicians are enough to silence the unified voice of our labor movement. Let’s fight for what we’ve earned—fairness, dignity, respect—and let’s build a future we can all be proud of.
Three short days from now, organized labor will finish the job it started by voting for Bob Menendez, 12 congressional candidates, and 59 of our endorsed candidates.
Make no mistake: we would not be at this point without the months of hard work put forth by thousands of union volunteers across the state. So to all our affiliates, CLCs, BTCs, and brothers and sisters, we say thank you. The time and resources you have dedicated to this campaign are a testament to your commitment to labor and working families across the nation.
But our job isn’t over….
It’s not uncommon for labor candidate races to be decided by only a handful of votes. That is why we need EVERYONE to join us for an all-out GOTV mobilization on Election Day. If we use this final opportunity to educate our brothers and sisters, ensuring that they all get out to vote on Tuesday, we can determine the outcome of the elections and bring home a victory for the labor community.