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October 31, 2012

Unions hit the airwaves to get out the vote, hold elected officials accountable after election

30-second commercial encourages area union members to protect their rights by voting on November 6 and remaining engaged

CHICAGO—The Chicago Federation of Labor this week released a 30-second television ad aimed at bolstering turnout by working men and women in the November election and encouraging them to remain engaged when lawmakers return to work later in the month to address issues such as pension reform.

The ad, titled “Our Voice,” recalls that union members have worked for generation to build not only our cities but our communities as well. In recent years, however, politicians and others have tried to strip workers of their collective bargaining rights and cut wages, health care benefits and retirement plans. The best way that working men and women can fend of these attacks is by exercising their voice at the ballot box.

The Chicago Federation of Labor made a substantial buy for broadcast television for the week before Election Day. After the election, a modified ad will run for an additional week urging working people to keep a careful eye on politicians as they address issues such as collective bargaining and pension reform.

“There is so much at stake in this election for working people. They can make the difference in a number of close races by exercising their voice on Election Day,” said Jorge Ramirez, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor. “But that’s not the finish line. Working men and women need to stay engaged as elected officials go to work on issues that have a direct impact on them and their families.”

The ad stems from a 2-minute web video the Chicago Federation of Labor launched on Labor Day at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina. In a speech to delegates from Illinois, Ramirez warned elected officials and other stakeholders not to take the support of organized labor for granted and urged them to work collectively to help working men and women. The commercial can be seen at www.chicagolabor.org (direct link to video on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-PlUjtkRo-Q)

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The Chicago Federation of Labor is largest organized labor body in the Chicago area, representing more than 320 affiliated labor unions comprised of half a million union members in Chicago and Cook County.

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