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IFT members REV UP for Election 2018

10/11/2018
Members around the state REV UP for Election 2018
(Register, Educate, Vote!)


IFT members understand that Illinois cannot afford four more years of Bruce Rauner or his allies in Springfield and Washington, D.C. In the weeks before the critical November 6 election, locals around the state are REV-ing up to help secure big wins for IFT-endorsed candidates.

Southwestern Area Council (SWAC)

SWAC members are speaking directly with candidates about important issues in this election. At labor rallies, union meetings, and community events, they’re having one-on-one conversations with them about education funding, worker rights, and more. They’re also phone banking at the local IFT office to help get out the vote for the women and men that deserve our support in November.

Northwest Suburban Teachers Union (LOCAL 1211)

From placing yard signs to canvassing neighborhoods, Local 1211 members are educating the community about candidates and issues. Members are also volunteering their time to make phone calls and using social media to post election information to friends. The local has also expanded its efforts to register voters. Working with the League of Women Voters, members are setting up registration tables during Parent Night at each of their district’s 13 schools.

Southwest Suburban Federation of Teachers (Local 943) 

Local 943 began its efforts over the summer by hosting its first “Back to School Legislative Meet and Greet.” Candidates in attendance included Sen. Kwame Raoul, candidate for attorney general, Rep. Justin Slaughter, and others. Members are also making phone calls and canvassing neighborhoods for IFT-endorsed candidate for governor, JB Pritzker. And each weekend, union and community members meet at the local office to learn about election-related volunteer opportunities.

West Suburban Teachers Union (Local 571)  

The local is holding multiple action days before November 6, and has already held their annual legislative breakfast, which gave members the opportunity to speak with all the candidates for statewide office – including Juliana Stratton and Kwame Raoul. The local has also kicked their organizing effort into high gear: nearly every new employee has joined the union and received voter registration and election information during back-to-school orientation meetings.

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