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Union says its volunteer program is paying off

Charlie Wishman
Charlie Wishman

DES MOINES – Iowa labor union leaders said Wednesday that a campaign program they are running designed to get out the vote is paying off.

Ken Sagar, President of the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, announced today that their program, which began in August, is well on track to complete over hundreds of volunteer shifts and reached over tens of thousands of voters before election day.

“This election is very important to our members. We are running a great program and our brothers and sisters knocking on doors all over Iowa, are making the difference,” said Sagar. “Iowa is a very important state and we are doing everything we can to get our labor endorsed candidates elected.”

“Our staff and volunteers are walking neighborhoods and talking to voters one-on-one about our issues,” said Charlie Wishman Secretary/Treasurer of the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO. “We care about all Iowa working families and we are working hard to encourage union members to exercise their right to vote. ”

Iowa AFL-CIO volunteers across the state say that most people they talk with “know how important this election is for Iowa’s working families.”

Republicans, however seem to be leading in recent polls, with Governor Terry Branstad a virtual lock for re-election, and Joni Ernst slightly ahead of Bruce Braley for the coveted U.S. Senate seat about to be vacated by Tom Harkin.  Locally, Casey Callanan is said to be a sure thing in the race for District 2 Cerro Gordo Supervisor, and Josh Byrnes will likely win a third term in the Iowa House.

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