Press Release

AFT Launches Multistate Election Bus Tour

For Release: 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Contact:

Marcus Mrowka
202-879-4447; 202-531-0689 (cell)
mmrowka@aft.org


AFT Launches Multistate Election Bus Tour

'Your Vote-Your Right-Their Futures' Tour Will Highlight Importance of Union Mobilization Efforts for the Election

Washington—The 1.5 million-member American Federation of Teachers will kick off a multistate election bus tour this Friday in Ohio, starting in Cincinnati, with additional stops in Toledo and Cleveland. The tour will continue next week with stops across Florida and the Northeast. The "Your Vote-Your Right-Their Futures" tour will build excitement around re-electing President Obama and other pro-worker candidates, and will highlight the on-the-ground organizing, volunteer mobilization, member-to-member communication and get-out-the-vote efforts AFT members are engaging in every day until the election.
 
On the Ohio leg of the tour, AFT President Randi Weingarten will be joined by AFT Executive Vice President Francine Lawrence, Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper, and local AFT leaders and members. They will meet with community members, union volunteers and union members, and will participate in events in Cincinnati, Toledo and Cleveland in support of President Obama, Sen. Sherrod Brown and other candidates. They will be joined in Cincinnati by Mayor Mark Mallory. In Cleveland, AFT members and others also will mobilize with the community in support of Issue 107, the Cleveland school levy.
 
The tour will continue next week with stops across Florida, where Weingarten will be joined by AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson, before making a swing through the Northeast just before Election Day.

Weingarten will have additional media availability between stops on the bus tour. Please contact Marcus Mrowka at 202-531-0689 or Carolyn Fiddler at 202-556-1693 to schedule.

  • Who: AFT President Randi Weingarten, AFT Executive Vice President Francine Lawrence, Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers President Julie Sellers, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, AFT members and their families
  • What: AFT Bus Tour Launch
  • When: Friday, Oct. 19, at 4:15 p.m.
  • Where: 
    Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
    7000 Winton Rd., Cincinnati

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  • Who: AFT President Randi Weingarten, AFT Executive Vice President Francine Lawrence, Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper, Toledo Federation of Teachers President Kevin Dalton, local union members and union volunteers
  • What: Toledo Labor Walk and Rally in support of President Obama, Sen. Sherrod Brown and other candidates
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 20, at 9:45 a.m.
  • Where:  
    Teamsters Hall, Local 20
    435 South Hawley St., Toledo

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  • Who: AFT President Randi Weingarten, AFT Executive Vice President Francine Lawrence, Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper, Cleveland Teachers Union President David Quolke, local union members and union volunteers 
  • What: Cleveland Labor Walk and Rally in support of President Obama, Sen. Sherrod Brown and other candidates, and in support of Issue 107, the Cleveland school levy
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 20, at 1:45 p.m.
  • Where: 
    Cretan Party Center
    3853 West 168th St., Cleveland

 
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Florida events TBD.

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The AFT represents 1.6 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.