This report kicks off the first of many summaries of our members' work to ensure our issue agenda is heard by the presidential candidates, to make our demands clear, and to help us grow our movement for a just economy and country.
SEIU Members Hold Walker Accountable in Iowa – August 2015
SEIU members have an important role to play in shaping the debate for the 2016 election. This week, we kicked off two member engagement programs:
- Truth Squads: Truth Squads are focused on sharing members’ stories about candidates from the candidates’ home states.
- Member Correspondents: Member Correspondents are members in early primary states who will be using their unique access to lift up our issue agenda and report back what they hear to the larger union.
With this Members in Action Field Report, we’re kicking off the first of many summaries of our members work to ensure our issue agenda is heard by the presidential candidates, to make our demands clear, and help us grow our movement for a just economy and country.
Members in Action: Iowa State Fair
On Monday, August 17, HCWI President, Dian Palmer, led a Truth Squad of 48 members, FF15 activists and staff from Milwaukee and Madison to Iowa to attend Scott Walker’s speech at the Iowa State Fair. There, they shared their stories about how Walker’s attacks on working people have impacted their lives. Six Member Correspondents, including SEIU Local 199 President Cathy Glasson, greeted the Truth Squad.
We made the strategic decision to avoid interrupting Walker’s speech, instead focusing on taking advantage of the opportunity to ask difficult questions and to capitalize on the media attention – completing several interviews, including NPR, ABC, Telegraph and the Des Moines Register.
Hearing Walker tout his destructive policies that have negatively impacted many of our members was difficult and emotionally charged. Despite this challenging environment, members maintained their decorum, calmly presenting their stories to reporters and holding Walker accountable for his anti-working people record. Members also took advantage of a question-and-answer period to demand Walker talk about raising wages and building an economy that works for everyone—not just the wealthy.