Help Us Get Out the Vote in MAINE

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Election Day is only 12 days away. So much is at stake right here in Maine. There are two important ballot initiatives and pro-worker candidates for the state legislature who need our help to win on November 8th.

Join us as we connect with fellow Mainers by phone or at their front doors to discuss issues of importance to working families. Scroll down for a list of dates, times, and locations of canvassing and phone banking around the state.

YES ON 2! STAND UP FOR STUDENTS

Question 2 is a ballot initiative to better fund our local public schools by asking the wealthy to pay their fair share. Maine is under-funding our public schools. While the State is supposed to pay 55% of the cost of public education, it hasn’t done so. This hurts our kids and our communities, leaving towns to make up the difference often by raising property taxes, cutting services, or both.

By creating a 3% surcharge on taxable household income above $200,000, Question 2 will help make sure that every student, regardless of their zip code, has an opportunity for a quality education.

YES ON 4! MAINERS FOR FAIR WAGES

The costs of groceries, housing, and other basics have gone up for years, but wages haven’t come close to keeping up. Maine families simply can’t make ends meet on $7.50 an hour, which is just over $15,000 a year for full time work. Nobody who works full time should live in poverty.

Question 4 will increase the minimum wage to $9 an hour in 2017 and then by a dollar a year until it reaches $12 in 2020. Click here for more information on Questions 2 and 4.

PRO-WORKER CANDIDATES

Our union-endorsed candidates have had our backs in Augusta when it comes to defeating anti-union bills, such as the so-called “right to work” bill and other efforts to weaken and repeal collective bargaining rights. They’ve walked with us on picket lines and supported us on workers’ compensation, reasonable telecommunications regulation, raising wages, and fighting inequality.

If we don’t elect a pro-worker majority to the legislature this election day, Governor LePage and his big corporate cronies will be coming for our union rights in his last two years in office. We must do everything we can to elect our endorsed state legislative candidates.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NOW AND ELECTION DAY!

There are opportunities to pitch in throughout Maine over the next 12 days. Check out the list below and RSVP for a shift or two or three. Participants will be trained and paired up with experienced canvassers.

To RSVP for any of the following events or to ask a question, just call or send an email to Sarah Bigney at the Maine AFL-CIO, 207-622-9675 or sarah@maineaflcio.org.

South Portland: Canvass Launching from Teamsters Local 340, 144 Thadeus St, South Portland

Saturday, Oct 29, 9am-1pm

Lewiston: Canvass Launching from IBEW Local 567, 238 Goddard Rd, Lewiston

Saturday, Oct 29, 9am-2pm

Winslow: Canvass Launching from USW Local 449, 577 Benton Ave, Winslow

Sunday, Oct 30, 12-4pm

For the following events, you will receive location information after you RSVP to Sarah at sarah@maineaflcio.org or 207-622-9675.

Portland

Tuesday, Nov 1, 4-7pm
Wednesday, Nov 2, 4-7pm
Wednesday, Nov 2, 5:30-8:30pm (phone banking)
Thursday Nov 3, 4-7pm

Sanford

Monday, Oct 31, 4-8pm
Tuesday, Nov 1, 4-8pm
Wednesday, Nov 2, 4-8pm
Thursday, Nov 3, 4-8pm

Mid-Coast

Saturday, Oct 29, 10am-2pm
Sunday, Oct 30, 2-6pm
Wednesday, Nov 2, 12-4pm
Thursday, Nov 3, 4-7:30pm

Lewiston

Sunday, Oct 30, 4-8pm
Monday, Oct 31, 4-8pm
Wednesday, Nov 2, 5:30-7:30pm (phone banking)

Bangor

Sunday, Oct 30, 2-6pm
Tuesday, Nov 1, 10am-2pm (phone banking)
Wednesday, Nov 2, 4-8pm
Thursday, Nov 3, 4-8pm

Aroostook County

Mapleton/Washburn, Nov 1, 3:30-6:30pm