elections2020

Georgia: Democrats Take the Senate

January 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE The change is now complete—and refreshing. In two hotly contested runoff elections in Georgia, Democratic Party candidates, the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff won their respective races for the United States Senate. Both elections were won by razor-thin margins, but with these stunning victories, the Democrats have wrested control of the U.S. Senate from the hands of Republican Kentucky Senator and soon former Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. This completes a long struggle by a coalition of progressive forces to take the country to a new and labor-oriented direction, first by winning the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018, key state wins, such as Virginia in 2019 and the sweeping victory by President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris last Nov. 3. The Biden-Harris ticket won decisively with more than 80 million votes, the most a Presidential [More...]

Standing Together and Staying Safe

November 6, 2020 // 0 Comments

DC 37 Family, As you know, Americans have turned out in record numbers to stand with and for each other.  Communities across the country spoke in unison, and with one loud voice. We should do everything in our power to ensure our vote is protected and free from empty accusations. Mobilizations are taking place across the country to Protect The Results now through the weekend.  Some events are posted here https://protecttheresults.com/. If you choose to participate in an in-person action, stay on message – PROTECT THE RESULTS. Be aware of what is going on around you and avoid any confrontations. We are promoting peaceful action.  Always remember that, no matter where you are, you are a representative for AFSCME. If you participate, please stay vigilant in our fight against the spread of COVID. Bring and wear your face mask. Be conscious of social distancing. And stay [More...]

The Time Is Now

October 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

Next Tuesday, the hour of decision will be here for millions of our fellow Americans. This Nov. 3 is Election Day. With all that has happened — particularly during the seven months of the COVID-19 pandemic in which tens of thousands have died, businesses have shuttered, and now 22,000 of our hardworking sisters and brothers in the New York City public sector are facing pink slips — this election is not simply a matter of choosing between two individuals running for President: this election is a battle for our survival, and to save the soul of our nation.  As our country reels from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, our city faces huge economic and social challenges. What lies ahead is not just due to the human devastation wrought by the disease that has ravaged this country, however. It is the chaos and lack of moral aptitude we’ve seen during the last four years that has [More...]

With Coney Barrett confirmation, Senate majority continues its ‘power games’

October 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

By AFSCME Staff AFSCME President Lee Saunders is blasting the Senate majority’s rushed confirmation Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court as yet another example of “corrupt political power games.” While COVID-19 cases skyrocket and Americans continue to lose their lives and livelihoods, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his caucus “willfully turned their backs on relief for our communities, allowing more than 1 million front-line heroes to be laid off and millions of working people to needlessly struggle without a critical economic lifeline,” Saunders said in a statement released late Monday, after the confirmation vote. Meanwhile, as funding for front-line heroes has languished, Saunders noted that the Senate majority “managed to work all weekend, even through the night, to push through the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee who will gut the [More...]

VOTE. VOLUNTEER. WIN!

October 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

DC 37 Family, Our efforts in Pennsylvania are paying off as the early vote numbers are off the charts! But we still have work to do. Georgia is now in play! Right now Biden and Trump are virtually tied in Georgia. Winning there will be a huge step toward victory for Biden. You can change the outcome of this race! Join us TODAY, Oct. 27, at 5:30 p.m. for our Biden/Harris 2020 DC 37 Virtual Phone Bank to reach out to union sisters and brothers in this crucial state. We have just one week before the Nov. 3 General Election. A few hours of volunteering will go a long way to build a better country for workers and our families. Sign up now! [More...]

Upcoming DC 37 Events

October 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

Please take advantage of these union events and programs scheduled from now to mid-November. POLITICAL ACTION VOTING DEADLINES: Election Day is Nov. 3. Out of an abundance of caution during this COVID-19 pandemic, DC 37 urges you to vote by mail-in ballot. Click here for the full list of union-endorsed candidates: https://bit.ly/34mZjZS Absentee ballot request deadline is Oct. 27 You must request a ballot by Oct. 27 and return it by mail postmarked by Nov. 3, or return in person on Nov. 3 by 9:00 p.m. Early voting starts Oct. 24 – Nov. 1. ### GOTV PHONE BANK with AFSCME PRESIDENT LEE SAUNDERS OCT. 24 Can you volunteer to join AFSCME President Lee Saunders on Saturday Oct. 24 to phone bank with DC 37 members and make calls to the battleground state of Pennsylvania in support of the Biden/Harris ticket? We provide you with a link to the AFSCME phone banking website where the names, [More...]

2020 General Election Endorsements

October 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

DC 37 urges you to vote early using your absentee ballot or you can vote on Election Day. DISTRICT      U.S. CONGRESS MEMBER 5. Gregory Meeks 6. Grace Meng 7. Nydia Velazquez 8. Hakeem Jeffries 9. Yvette Clarke 10. Jerrold Nadler 11 . Max Rose 12. Carolyn Maloney 13. Adriano Espaillat 14. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 15. Richie Torres 16. Jamal Bowman DISTRICT  NYS SENATOR 3. Monica Martinez 5. James Gaughran 6. Kevin Thomas 7. Anna Kaplan 8. John Brooks 9. Todd Kaminsky 10. James Sanders 11. John Liu 12. Mike Gianaris 13. Jessica Ramos 14. LeRoy Comrie 15. Joseph Addabbo, Jr. 16. Toby Ann Stavisky 18. Julia Salazar 19. Roxanne Persaud 20. Zelnor Myrie 21. Kevin Parker 22. Andrew Gounardes 23. Diane J. Savino 24. Andrew Lanza 26 . Brian Kavanagh 27. Brad Hoylman 28. Liz Krueger 29. Jose Serrano 30. Brian Benjamin DISTRICT    NYS SENATOR 31. Robert Jackson 33. Gustavo Rivera 32. Luis [More...]

Special Event for DC 37 Members – Phone Bank with AFSCME President Lee Saunders! 

October 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Don’t miss our special event this Saturday, October 24. Join President Lee Saunders of our international union, AFSCME, along with our brothers and sisters in labor from other states as we do our part to get out the vote for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and worker friendly candidates at all levels of government.  We’ll be conducting a virtual phone bank to make calls to union households in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.  This is your opportunity to have a big impact on this historic election!  Never phone banked before? No worries! Using the virtual phone bank is easy and convenient. We provide you with a link to the AFSCME phone banking website where the names, numbers, and a script of what to say during the calls is provided. All you need to do is sign up at: https://www.mobilize.us/afscme-pa/event/352012/.  You’ll receive a Zoom link to join the 10:30 a.m. ET virtual [More...]

Did You Vote Today? Polls Close at 9 p.m.

June 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sisters and Brothers, We have only a few hours left until polls close at 9 p.m. TONIGHT.  If you haven’t done so, please go vote and be the change we want in our communities.  You can look up your poll site here. Here’s the list of the progressive, labor-friendly candidates DC 37 has endorsed this year.  Your vote will make the difference in the outcome of these races. Please make sure you are taking proper precaution when voting, and always practice social distancing. Poll site locator.   [More...]