That’s AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre…
(audio) And we had 10 organizers whose job was every day six days a week, Monday through Saturday, they show up in the morning. We give them a precinct and a clipboard and a survey and voter registration cards and they spend six hours a day knocking on doors and talking to people precinct-by-precinct. We knew that was what was required actually to change a gigantically deep red county like Orange County. It was not only red in political philosophy; it was even redder in money because really even nationally that was the source of actually where right-winged ideology came from and the right-winged resources came from. And we decided we’re going to use our foot and we’re going to walk and we’re going to invest. So long story short, our VIP program ended up registering 117,000 community members to vote.
AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, on State of the Unions, the podcast from the AFL-CIO.
On today’s labor calendar, UFCW Local 400 is holding a Giant/Safeway strike vote press conference this morning at 11 at the Safeway on 4th St Southwest; for details and the latest local labor events listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
Here’s Saul Schniderman, with today’s labor history…
On today’s date in 1975, the U.S. Supreme Court decides in favor of sales clerk Leura Collins and her union, the Retail Clerks, in NLRB v. J. Weingarten Inc. – the case establishing that workers have a right to request the presence of their union steward if they believe they are to be disciplined for a workplace infraction.
Today’s labor quote is by Eugene Victor Debs, American socialist, political activist and trade unionist. Gene Debs, who said:
“There can be no defeat for the labor movement.”
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