|District Council 57|
Local 2428 Member Wins Election 2016 Volunteer Challenge
Now that the elections are over and we move from being shocked at the outcome of the Presidential race to making sure our communities, services and good public sector jobs are protected, it’s time to recognize the work that AFSCME members did in California to make our political campaign a success.
Back in August, our Union asked members to volunteer and get involved in the election because we knew that our jobs, families and communities were at stake. We knew that we could make a difference by campaigning for elected officials who care about our work and our families.
We started an Election Volunteer Challenge to motivate everyone to volunteer and help support our endorsed candidates and ballot measures. Today, we’re excited to announce the results.
The following are the 2016 Election Volunteer Challenge Winners:
Member who volunteered the most shifts:
Other notable volunteers:
“Special props are due to Cheryll, who was the Local President most involved with this election,” AFSCME Council 57 Political Director Cheryl Brown said. “She led by example, never quit recruiting members to volunteer and sent out Local Union letters to provide members with extra information about endorsed candidates.”
Volunteers with 10-15 shifts (counting double credit shifts):
Local with the Most Shifts:
Other Locals with impressive numbers of shifts:
Small Locals that delivered big:
Local with the highest percentage of members participating:
Two other Locals met or exceeded the California Labor Federation goal of at least 1.5% of members volunteering:
There is a correlation between these volunteer efforts and the election outcomes.
Local 258 President Jennifer Ballerini said the School District and Union leaders began meeting in early August to map out the campaign strategy for the bond measure.
Ballerini and the president of the teachers union were asked to be co-chairs of the Yes on M campaign so that everyone could see that our members—the classified employees—supported the bond. The group decided that phone banking would be the best strategy, and they carried out that strategy from the day after Labor Day until the night before the election, Ballerini said.
With the Elk Grove School District being the fifth largest in the state, they knew it was going to take a team effort. It was also important that those who volunteered felt that they played an important part in this effort, Ballerini said.
“The passing of this measure is huge for our District because it means job growth, District growth, and it helps all homeowners property values,” Ballerini said. “I am very proud of everyone who participated.”
We didn’t win all our races, but AFSCME made the difference in cities and counties where we work and live.
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