With the Senate majority up for grabs on Jan. 5, labor organizations are doing everything in their power to get out the vote in Georgia and encourage union members there to vote early and support the Democratic challengers.
Kris LaGrange of UCOMM Blog explained how his organization is working to boost the chances of candidates Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock, and how Biden can make a positive impact for union members during his segment on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
Control of the U.S. Senate will be decided in Georgia, a state that President-elect Biden was able to narrowly flip during the 2020 General Election. LaGrange believes Democrats have a good chance of taking the majority, as the two Democrat candidates have been galvanized by Biden’s success.
He said money and efforts are coming in from all 50 states to help ensure a Democratic victory. The AFL-CIO has spearheaded union efforts to boost the Democratic candidates chances and other labor organizations are following suit. From phone banking to fundraising, the labor community is doing its part.
This election will also determine how well Biden is able to advance union interests at a federal level. If the Senate majority is won by Democrats, there will be at least two-years of union friendly legislation, including the PRO Act and more.
In addition to hosting a once-weekly podcast and publishing a blog, LaGrange has also organized a Political Action Committee (PAC) to focus on electing union-friendly candidates and promoting pro-union initiatives.
Starting as a bit of a joke, the PAC gained steam when UCOMM consumers started donating small sums, said LaGrange. A large donation from one international union gave the PAC notoriety and the ability to purchase $11,700 in advertisements.
He said these ads were designed to aid President-elect Biden by promoting union issues in battleground states and remind union members about President Trump’s promise to sign a national So-Called “Right to Work” bill, as well as other anti-union initiatives.
In the end, LaGrange believes these ads helped flip some battleground states, including Georgia and Pennsylvania.