Election 2016: Action Steps for Women Workers

Election day is quickly approaching and female voters are making their voices heard.

According to Nate Silver’s fivethirtyeight.com, “[W]omen are winning this election for Clinton. Between the historic nature of Clinton’s candidacy, Trump’s record of misogynistic comments and now the Trump tape and allegations of sexual assault against Trump, American men and women are incredibly split on the 2016 election. But that split isn’t symmetrical. In an average of the most recent live-interview polls from each pollster to test the race in October, Clinton holds a 20-percentage-point advantage among women, and Trump is winning more narrowly among men.”

Working women have the power — and responsibility — to bring it home this November. Here are three action steps from the AFL-CIO to take between now and November 8th:

1. Speak up: Use the final debate as an opportunity to push out our message on working women and families.

To help get the message out to a broad audience, AFL-CIO created a digital action and website to highlight union women’s stake in the election.  It includes an online pledge, videos of women members from USW and UNITE HERE and a link to a report on the critical importance of African-American women’s vote. http://www.grabembytheballot.org/

Use #1uwomen on Twitter to join the conversation.

2. Mobilize: Continue to use the working women’s toolkit as part of your Labor 2016 efforts and push the women’s pledge cards through your worksite programs.

Here is the link to the toolkit: go.aflcio.org/womenstoolkit2016. A nonpartisan flyer, nonpartisan conversation guide and video featuring a USW member on why she’s voting for Hillary are new additions to the toolkit. For more information on the women’s pledge card contact Sheva Diagne at sdiagne@aflcio.org or 202-637-5289.

3. Highlight the issues that matter, including equal pay and the union difference.

Mark your calendars for Latina Equal Pay Day on November 1. Did you know that Latinas have to work until November 1 — ten months into the next year — to earn as much as white, non-Hispanic men did in the previous year alone?  This year, the AFL-CIO, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement and other partner organizations are raising awareness about Latina pay inequity by connecting action to the election. Tune into the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement’s equal pay day event, live from Miami.

Sign up to be a Latina Equal Pay Day sponsor and help raise awareness among your members: https://docs.google.com/a/aflcio.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScGxjWIDK7eEzsQlPov24VBb7EDnf91oEKj7WsmVKJmRGYpAw/viewform?c=0&w=1.

Events:

-November 1, Miami, FL: National Latina Equal Pay Day Event/Facebook Telecast

-November 1, at 2:00 p.m.: Latina Equal Pay Day Twitter Storm (#1uTrabajadoras and #LatinaEqualPay)

Finally, once the election is over, we want to keep the momentum going. Join Coalition of Labor Union Women on November 14-16 in Las Vegas for their Women’s Leadership Skills Conference, “Where Do We Go From Here? The Path Continues.”

The conference includes workshops and plenary sessions that will concentrate on election analysis and mobilization for the future. Register now: http://www.cluw.org/?zone=/unionactive/view_article.cfm&HomeID=604889.

 

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