CFL News
June 21, 2019

Labor Turns Out Thousands of Members to Bring 2018 Races to the Finish Line

Labor Turns Out Thousands of Members to Bring 2018 Races to the Finish Line

Nov. 6 was a big day for the Illinois labor movement, especially here in Chicago. In total, 146 of the 150 CFL-endorsed candidates were elected to office in the highest midterm voter turnout Illinois has seen since 1990.

After four years of Bruce Rauner’s anti-worker agenda, labor mobilized to elect JB Pritzker as the 43rd Governor of Illinois. CFL-endorsed candidates were elected across the statewide ticket, including new Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Secretary of State Jesse White, Comptroller Susana Mendoza and Treasurer Michael Frerichs. Democrats also picked up three seats in the Illinois Senate and five seats in the Illinois House of Representatives, creating a supermajority of pro-labor candidates in both houses of the Illinois General Assembly.

 In Cook County, the CFL mobilized to flip two County Board seats long-held by Republicans. First was the election of 15th District Commissioner Kevin Morrison, who became the youngest and first openly-LGBT member of the Cook County Board. In the 14th District, CFL-endorsed candidate Scott Britton ousted a five-term incumbent. The CFL also came within inches of flipping a third County Board seat, with CFL-endorsed candidate Abdelnasser Rashid coming just shy of ousting the Cook County Republican Party Chairman. Other CFL-endorsed freshmen Commissioners include Donna Miller, Bridget Degnen, Alma Anaya, Bill Lowry and fellow union member Brandon Johnson (Chicago Teachers Union).

The CFL also ran issue campaigns in support of three ballot referendums, all of which were supported overwhelmingly by voters. They include an infrastructure plan for Harper Community College as well as referendums on voters’ desire for local minimum wage and earned sick time laws.

Throughout this robust Labor 2018 program, the CFL ran a five-piece mail program that was sent to over 150,000 union members in addition to a field program. Volunteers contacted nearly 15,000 individuals through phone banks and door- to-door canvassing. Special thank you to Illinois Federation of Teachers and Painters District Council 14 for mobilizing the most volunteers, as well as all the unions who participated in Labor 2018.

Thank you to the following unions who supported the CFL’s program by hosting phone banks, labor walks, and providing release staff: AFGE, CWA, Heat & Frost Insulators Local 17, IAM Local 126, IBEW Local 9, IBEW Local 134, LIUNA Chicago Laborers’ District Council, Northwest Suburban Teachers Union Local 1211 and Transit Workers Union.