Votes on On Passage of the Bill (H.R. 2775 As Amended)

Stop the Shutdown! Stop the Sequester!

Thanks to all of you for your hard work over the last 16 days. I wanted to provide you with some further information on last night’s vote. The Senate vote was 81-18 and the House vote was 285-144.  A YES vote is “Right” and a NO vote is “Wrong” in both chambers.

Here are the actual votes by Senator.

Here are the actual votes by Representative.

Here is a New York Times  article also describing the shutdown votes.

Check the links above to see if your Senators and Representatives voted the right way. If they did, make sure to thank them for standing firmly by our side during the Lockout, and to remind them to continue stand with us during the FY 2014 budget talks. Click here for the phone script to thank those who voted with us. 

Illinois AFL-CIO Early Voting starts Monday, Oct. 22 and ends Saturday, Nov. 3.

Illinois AFL-CIO

Early Voting starts Monday, Oct. 22 and ends Saturday, Nov. 3.

Click here for early voting locations.

Vote “No” on the Proposed Constitutional Amendment.

The question on the ballot will ask voters if the Constitution should be changed to require a three-fifths majority vote to increase a pension benefit in a public pension or retirement system. On October 3rd, delegates at the 40th Illinois AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention unanimously adopted a resolution opposing this proposed amendment. Click here to download the Vote NO flyer on the Proposed Constitutional Amendment.

2012 Illinois Senate Terms (pdf)

2012 General Election Endorsements (pdf)

Committees On Political Education Districts & Officers

Voting Records

 

Chicago Federation of Labor – Endorsed Candidates

Last night’s debate illustrates just how much is at stake in this election for working men and women. From the top of the ticket all the way to the bottom, working people have stark choices between candidates who want to protect the top 1% and those who want to build an economy that works for everyone.

You don’t have to wait until November 6 to make your voice heard. You can go to the polls now during the early voting period to vote for labor’s endorsed candidates.

For information about where you can vote and which candidates have been endorsed by organized labor, visit www.chicagolabor.org/politics.

After you vote, join us in making calls to other union members to make sure they get out and vote. We have expanded our phone bank operation for the last few weeks of the campaign.

We have expanded hours at the Painters District Council in Chicago and are opening a second calling location at the IUOE Local 150 in Countryside beginning Thursday, Oct. 25 and running through Election Day.

Click here for information about how you can get involved

In Unity,

The Chicago Federation of Labor

 

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE ILLINOIS AFL-CIO

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE ILLINOIS AFL-CIO

In three weeks, union members and their families will decide whether “our votes” or “corporate money” wins this election. We can’t afford to sit this one out. It is critical that voting age members of your entire family take time to vote! There is simply no excuse not to vote.

  • Union members must know who we are supporting. Illinois AFL-CIO endorsements are found here:

http://www.ilafl-cio.org/political.htm

  • Early Voting starts Monday, Oct. 22 and ends Saturday, Nov. 3. Every local should have a plan to make sure its members know where and when they can vote early. This link will allow members to find out where they can vote early:
    http://www.elections.il.gov/VotingInformation/EarlyVotingLocations.aspx
  • Labor walks and phone banks are going on up and down the state. Please send as many volunteers as you can to our Labor to Labor locations. Contact Political Director Bill Looby at 217-492-2612 for a schedule.
  • Turnout is critical. All union households must go vote. Especially sporadic voting members. Call, text, e-mail and knock on members’ doors. The Illinois AFL-CIO can provide lists by congressional and legislative district. Also, take part in the “final four” days of member to member Get Out The Vote.
  • Vote “No” on the Proposed Constitutional Amendment. The question on the ballot will ask voters if the Constitution should be changed to require a three-fifths majority vote to increase a pension benefit in a public pension or retirement system. On October 3rd, delegates at the 40th Illinois AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention unanimously adopted a resolution opposing this proposed amendment. Click here to download the Vote NO flyer on the Proposed Constitutional Amendment.

 

Why 6 Million Americans Didn’t Vote in ’08 and What You Can Do to Change That

AFL-CIO Now

09/20/2012; Jackie Tortora

 National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, Sept. 25

Did you know in 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed the registration deadline or didn’t know how to register?

Make sure all your friends and family are ready to vote this November. Send them to www.aflcio.org/register. Continue reading “Why 6 Million Americans Didn’t Vote in ’08 and What You Can Do to Change That”