With the presidential election less than one week away, misinformation is running rampant and it is important that voters can trust the information they are digesting and not living in an echo chamber.
Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini explained where union members can find the most accurate election information as it pertains to their union on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
Get out the vote
Ielmini started by explaining his perceived meaning of “get out the vote.” To him, the phrase means to encourage individuals to vote in every election. No matter how big the election, from presidential to local school board, individuals are affected.
The second meaning of the phrase is to encourage and help your peers vote. Much like a union coming together to collectively bargain, getting out the vote is a collective action in search of a mutually beneficial result.
Information and misinformation
The age of the internet and social media has brought mass amounts of information and misinformation to our fingertips.
Ielmini said he never tells anyone who they should vote for, but guides them to where they can find the best information about certain candidates. He said union members are in a unique position where they can go to their union leaders for information on how candidates will impact their work.
Finally, Ielmini suggested going straight to a candidates voting record to learn how a candidate will act on certain issues.