President Obama Re-elected; Democrats, Independents Win Seats
USW trains 7,000 activists who distribute two-million worksite flyers for votes
Nov. 7, 2012
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leo W. Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers (USW) said today's
outcome was defined by America's union workers in the heartland, casting their votes to move America forward to re-elect U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President
USW President Gerard said, "Most American workers chose Obama for turning the economy around, passing the Affordable Care Act, rebuilding the auto industry, enforcing our trade laws and adding 5.5 million jobs in the last 32 months." Gerard adds: "We have more to do, but we're on the right track with this President.
"Going into this, I wanted to prove three things: The best man would win based on his character, not his skin color; you can't buy an election, and I wanted to prove that they couldn't intimidate our people at the polls. And we did it."
"Our union members fought Super PACs by millionaires and billionaires with boots on the ground, worker-to-worker. It's an historic triumph for the commitment we made together with other unions and progressive allies to fight back against the corporate influence in elections and the efforts to suppress voting."
"The USW organized a formidable army of volunteer union activists, retirees and poll watchers, who focused on eight battleground states and engaged in some 63 key congressional contests." The states were: CO, FL, IA, NH, NC, NV, OH, and WI.
In the past two weeks, the USW amassed 4,100 trained volunteers, plus another 2,900 worksite union members to pass out 2.1 million candidate handbills.
reports filed show 18,315 shifts of USW volunteers and retirees in the battleground states doing block walks and door knocking. During the past two weeks in those states, USW members knocked on 173,800 doors. Another 376,790 direct campaign mailers were sent to USW active and retired members who resided in the battleground states.
State campaigns and ballot issues were set up separately within USW district structures to deal with propositions that threatened the rights of workers to join unions and limiting their rights to engage in the political process.