Liberal and Progressive Groups
EXCERPT from Ohio
AFL-CIO Overview for Debrief
2) Rural county
Notably, because our labor infrastructure
is present in small towns, exurbs, and rural areas, Workers’ Voice and
2012 could compete and carryout voter contact in rural and exurban
like Allen, Athens, Belmont, Butler, Columbiana, Erie, Jefferson, Lake,
Lawrence, Licking, Richland, Tuscarawas, and Washington. In fact,
in Ashtabula (HD 99), Belmont (HD
95), Columbiana (HD 5), Tuscarawas (HD 98), and Washington (HD 95),
Voice and Labor 2012 were the exclusive canvass presence in these
counties. HD 99 and HD 5 are two Ohio
House gains for progressives. The HD 98
produced a narrow margin enough for recount but a narrow loss now the
a legal challenge for the Democrat.
Voice and Labor 2012 canvassed in 49 counties and called to all 88
counties. Canvass attempts to Union households (walkable areas)
95,024 doors to attempt to reach 119,885 Union members in targeted
GOTV, the Workers’ Voice and Labor 2012 program knocked on 668,904
made 953,977 phone calls.
groups of the Ohio AFL-CIO are independent, pro-worker messengers who
consistently provided volunteer support, earned media messengers, and
outreach to their voting constituencies and long-term allies.
APRI and CBTU partnered again with the Ohio
Unity Coalition, a civic engagement and base vote operation which
voter contact over an earned media and advocacy strategy against voter
suppression. The Ohio Alliance for
Retired Americans recruited volunteer phone bankers and canvassers and
recruited retirees for release to Workers’ Voice and Labor 2012.
Polling throughout the election cycle
affirmed the need for consistent contact to seniors and retirees.
Union retirees contacted by the Ohio Alliance
surveyed for Obama, Brown, Congressional candidates, and Issue 2
who outmaneuvered us in redistricting and reapportionment still
maintain a 12-4
edge in the Congressional delegation, but our canvass, phone, and mail
waged a program for pro-worker candidates at the top of the ballot and
- 174,552 of our
door knocks were to sporadic Democrats, a group in danger of not voting
ballot or perhaps not fully committed to voting, even in a Presidential
- 15,449 door
knocks occurred in CD6, and 29,178 in CD16.
- 28,647 knocks
against SB5 voting incumbents in the Ohio House
- 12,135 knocks to
protect pro-worker Ohio House candidates in tough seats
- 73,445 knocks in
districts of pro-worker state legislators, using toolkit fliers of
candidates and using GOTV door hangers which included 4 of these
Voice and Labor 2012 piloted its own loyalty program for activists,
RePurpose. Much like a frequent flyer
program, returning volunteers and released members earned points for
activism which they could redeem or “repurpose” into money for
workers at Crystal Sugar, online ad buys for President Obama or Senator
or expanding the Working America canvass.
In Ohio, activists “rePurposed” their points into $7,500 for the
Sugar Lockout fund.
Local Union Mail
Throughout the campaign, 1.8 Million pieces of Workers’
Voice and National AFL-CIO direct mail.
Key targets were active members, retirees and union households.
The races targeted were President, US Senate,
CD 6, CD 16 and GOTV Slate piece. Over
1 Million pieces of local union mail were sent in addition to the
Voice and AFL-CIO direct mail.
An important goal for our program in this cycle was to grow the pool of
activists at the worksite level and to build a comprehensive list of
coordinators and activists. The worksite
program was headed by a Statewide Worksite Coordinator located at the
headquarters in Columbus. This position
was in charge of tracking and recording all worksite activity
state. Along with the Statewide Worksite
Coordinator, Zone Leads were asked to work with CLC principals and
leadership to identify and map worksites and activists.
Locals participated in worksite leafleting and education throughout the
summer by circulating redistricting petitions.
At a state level, the campaign ran four worksite blitz weeks -
Week of September 10th, Week of
October 5th, Week of October 19th, GOTV Blitz. Zone Leads,
worksite coordinators and local
union leadership utilized the Working Families Toolkit to modify and
flyers for worksite leafleting.
|| Number of Worksite Actions
| Zone 1
| Zone 2
| Zone 3
| Zone 4
| Zone 5
| Zone 6
| Zone 7
| Total Number of Worksite Actions
new strategy of the labor campaign program in Ohio is the use of
halls to engage locals and affiliates and to reach members.
The campaign held 18 tele-town halls to
active members and retirees hosted by Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga
union leaders. The tele-town halls were
both union specific and sector specific.
In addition the Ohio AFL-CIO held a tele-town hall with union members
and retirees and Senator Sherrod Brown.
[Ed. Note: Ohio Campaigns
Director Austin Keyser directed the Election 2012 effort for the
AFL-CIO in the state starting in June 2011. He previously served
as secretary/treasurer of the Shawnee District Labor Council, AFL-CIO
and business manager for IBEW in Portsmouth, Ohio].
Coalition on Black Voter Participation
All media inquiries, please contact Edrea Davis
Jul 20, 2012
Ohio Unity Coalition Kicks-Off Voter
Empowerment Tour Featuring Hi-Tech Mobile Voter Registration Unit
Traveling the State
Multiple Cities, Ohio - A coalition of faith, labor, civil and voter
rights groups along with community activists launched the Stand Your
Ground… Vote, 2012 Ohio Voter Empowerment Tour in Cincinnati this past
weekend dispatching a mobile voter registration unit staffed by trained
volunteers to various community events to help register new voters,
verify voter's registration status, and provide citizens with
non-partisan information about the upcoming election.
"We registered over 100 new voters over the weekend," says Petee
Talley, convener of the Ohio Unity Coalition. "Thirty volunteers were
trained on the process to register voters and looking up individual
voter registration information to verify voter registration status. In
addition to registering and verifying status, we are targeting voters
who have moved or changed their names allowing them to update their
Cincinnati is the first stop of a multi-city tour across Ohio. Other
cities on the tour include: Dayton, Columbus, Youngstown, Akron,
Cleveland, Lorain and Toledo. The mobile unit will remain in each city
7 to 10 days.
Election advocates estimate that as many as 1.3 million Ohio voters
have been purged from the voter rolls since the last presidential
election cycle. The Stand Your Ground… Vote, 2012 Ohio Voter
Empowerment Tour is one of the many vehicles the Ohio Unity Coalition
will employ to educate voters and make sure eligible voters are
prepared to fully participate in the fall 2012 election.
Unity Coalition partners include: Corinthian Baptist Church, The
Cincinnati Labor Council, The Cincinnati Chapter of the A. Phillip
Randolph Institute, The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, AFL-CIO,
AMOS, AFSCME, Greater New Hope Baptist Church, United Pastors In
Mission, Youngstown Community Mobilization Coalition, Ohio Prince Hall
Masons, Baptist Pastors Conference of Greater Cincinnati, and State
Representative Alicia Reece.
Local leaders were excited to partner in this effort stated Pastor
KZ Smith of Corinthian Baptist Church. “Every person needs to be able
to exercise their voice and their vote in this election." Pastor Smith
continued, "If we do our part to educate and engage voters, we are
empowering them to use the vote that many of us fought so hard to
obtain. Our rights have been threatened by voter suppression tactics in
recent years and this is our way to Stand Our Ground.”
The Ohio Unity Coalition is an affiliate of the national Unity Voter
Empowerment Campaign covened by the National Coalition on Black Civic
Participation (www.ncbcp.org). The Unity Campaign works nationally with
APRI, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Cost of Freedom
Project, Black Youth Vote, and other groups to ensure that Black voters
are prepared for the presidential election. For details about tour
stops in Ohio or for more information about the Unity Coalition email
email@example.com, text "unity12" to 69302, or call toll free