Since the kick-off of the Our Voices Our Choices Campaign, I've had the privilege of joining our members who are working in the field on new COPE sign-ups, registering citizens to vote and general voter education about the importance of this critical election. For over 8 months, members from each wave of our Presidential campaign have chosen to take time away from their families and work lives to be part of our union's efforts to re-elect President Barack Obama and fight for working families.
Together, we've taken part in trainings, knocked on hundreds of thousands of doors, shared meals and have had conversations that critically analyze the effects this election will have on each of our lives. We continue to have heartfelt discussions about how the work we do now builds for a better future and how maintaining a strong labor presence increases our chances of success for generations to come. The common thread in all these conversations has been our mutual desire to keep our country moving forward and each time we end up with the same solution, re-electing President Barack Obama.
This week I had the opportunity to go to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to knock on doors with Andrea Anglin, a CNA at Supportive Homecare Options and member of Healthcare Wisconsin. We knocked on 124 doors and collected 33 Pledge Cards. All in all, it was a very good day and most importantly, I had an opportunity to work with and get to know a great member, Andrea.
Andrea has been a CNA and an SEIU member for 9 years. With three children and three grandchildren, being out on lost time since March has been an amazing experience, one that Andrea is excited about having taken on. This is Andrea's first time out on lost time or getting involved politically. She joined the program after SEIU members knocked on her door in March and asked her to sign up 10 people to volunteer. Well, not only did Andrea recruit 10 volunteers, she signed up to come out on lost time shortly thereafter.
Continued cuts and attacks to Wisconsin's healthcare programs by Gov. Scott Walker have touched Andrea personally and moved her to take action against the attacks on working families. Her daughter lost her healthcare benefits as a result of Gov. Walker's actions. Sadly, navigating these cuts means Andrea's grandson is no longer covered by healthcare insurance. It's simply an unacceptable condition for a child and the hope of seeing a change for her family gives Andrea the encouragement she needs to talk to other working families in her community.
I've had such an amazing day working alongside Andrea, the member lost timers and staff here in Wisconsin. Over the weekend I will be in Philadelphia door knocking and meeting with another amazing group of member lost timers.
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