By Carol Freeman
Thank you to all retirees who have done so much to help with the Labor 2018 Program. A special thank you to Bruce Yernberg, of Red Wing, who is super active and in this Bulletin tells us about adjusting to the mini-Van, an electronic door knock list. Many people who are new to using the “virtual phone bank” on a computer have found it easy to do.
A thank you also to Tom Beer, a super active retiree from Minneapolis, who in this Bulletin writes about ways to get retirees involved in our election work.
A huge thank you to other retirees who are phoning and door knocking with their union or their own retiree group. Many more than we know are working very hard.
There are many interesting stories gathered by retirees on the phones and at the doors, such as talking with a retired union member who is voting for the first time in his life! Our times are too important for him to sit out.
The Retiree Labor 2018 effort had a rousing start with retirees carrying far more than their share in the phone bank and door knocking efforts during the legislative session. Retirees provided 124 of the recorded 354 volunteer shifts (that’s 35%).
However, we may have slowed down since the Labor 2018 election campaign started on August 18. Before I write this, I want to say that we may not all have been counted, and we will be checking. But from August 18 to September 16, retirees are recorded doing 45 of 329 volunteer shifts – or 14%. Two things: (1) be sure you sign in when you volunteer and put down your union and that you are retired, and (2) put in as many shifts as your time and energy allows. WE NEED YOU!!!
You can go to https://www.mnaflcio.org/ to find volunteer opportunities near you. You can sign up online or reach out to the contact person listed for the event. If you don’t see something online, contact people listed to ask what you can do to help.
For door knocks, retirees join all union members. Talking to union members at the doors is the most effective campaigning. And retirees can join any phone banks. However, there are specially scheduled retiree to retiree phone banks on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Saint Paul Labor Center (Kera Peterson, 612-382-9864, [email protected]), and Wednesdays at the Minneapolis Labor Center (Graeme Allen, 612-481-2144, [email protected]), and Wednesdays at the MN AFL-CIO (Carol Freeman, 612-250-7294, [email protected]). Sometimes it’s just phoning but sometimes it’s phoning and postcards. Contact us to ask questions and let us know you are coming.
No matter our limitations, if we all do what we can, we will win!!!