Registering Union Voters Crucial
As part of Labor 2020 preparation, MN AFL-CIO leaders and activists asked for the most recent registered voters’ list from the Secretary of State’s office. When that list was compared against our data base of Minnesota union members, the information revealed was upsetting. It showed union voter registration levels have notably decreased since the last presidential election.
For example, of Minnesota union members (that includes retiree and active members) 62 and above, 32% are unregistered. The US Census report for Minnesotans 65 and above shows only 12% were unregistered in 2018.
In “raw” numbers, that means there are 13,217 62+ target individuals to register. That means the Retiree Council and its affiliates have a huge job to do. THIS IS JOB#1 FOR LABOR 2020.
The Retiree Council wants to help in any way possible. We started by having the two workshops at the February 6-7 “Stand Up and Fight Back” conference. The Minnesota AFL-CIO will soon have a complete kit of registration information and plans for registration campaigns at their website, www.mnaflcio.org. Easy steps you can start with:
GET REGISTRATION FORMS AND INFORMATION FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE. CARRY THIS MATERIAL WITH YOU TO ALL MEETINGS.
CONTACT YOUR ACTIVE UNION TO DISCUSS GETTING A LIST OF ALL THE 62 plus MEMBERS AND RETIREES WHO ARE UNREGISTERED.
Call Carol Freeman or Martha Johnson at 651 227 7647 ext. 121 IF YOU DO NOT YET HAVE A REPORT OF WORKSHOP ON REGISTRATION IDEAS.
It’s a big job, but it is also an opportunity to recruit volunteers in our organizations before “election work” starts. Before we are asking for votes for our endorsed candidates. WE CAN DO IT!!!