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Laborers Work to Get Out the Vote

Nov. 5, 2012

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Labor GOTV and Rally. (PRNewsFoto/Northern California District Council of Laborers)
Labor GOTV and Rally. (PRNewsFoto/Northern California District Council of Laborers)

An assembly of Northern California labor unions held a Get Out the Vote rally in Oakland over the weekend. More than 500 workers attended, according to a news release. Also in attendance were community leaders, labor organizations and businesses.

Get Out the Vote campaigners went door to door in Berkeley, promoting yes votes on propositions 30 and 39, and no votes on Prop. 32.

"The message we hope voters receive is that Proposition 32 is not just bad for workers; it is bad for our communities, our neighborhoods and our educational system," Oscar De La Torre, Northern California District Council of Laborers business manager, said in a statement. "By silencing the voice of working people and small businesses, the proponents of Proposition 32 succeed in moving California a giant step backwards."

Campaign workers also advocated for various local measures.

Rocco Davis, Laborers' International Union of North America vice president and Pacific Southwest regional manager, applauded union members' commitment. "What our members did today demonstrates that people power is just as powerful and effective as corporate dollars," he said in a statement.

Keynote speakers at the rally included U.S. Rep. George Miller, state Sen. Loni Hancock, and Assembly members Nancy Skinner and Sandre Swanson.

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