AFL-CIO, BLE seek to get out the vote

The BLE will begin an all-out effort to participate in the AFL-CIO's voter registration drive for union members.

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney has requested all local affiliates register 10 percent more of its membership by August 1.

"BLE has the highest percentage of members registered to vote in all of labor and we intend to stay number one," said Vice-President & U.S. National Legislative Representative Leroy Jones.

Information on voter registration was mailed to Division Legislative Representatives and State Legislative Board Chairmen on June 1. Included in the mailing were the necessary voter registration forms and special "I'm Registered to Vote" buttons for BLE members who are already registered to vote or who have participated in the program.

All BLE Divisions that either reach the 10 percent goal or register five additional members, whichever is higher, will be listed in a future BLE publication.

Also, a special award will be presented to those Divisions who reach 100 percent voter registration by the August 1 deadline

"Since this is an extremely important election year, we urge all members to register and to vote," Jones said.

If you have any questions, contact your Division Legislative Representative, State Legislative Board Chairman, or the BLE Washington Office at:


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