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Get-out-the-vote efforts targeting union voters in Michigan

Campaign signs stacked against a wall in a union office.
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
Campaign signs stacked against a wall in a union office.

Political parties are gearing up their “get-out-the-vote” efforts as the 2016 election enters its final days.

Unions have been a critical part of the Democratic Party’s get out the vote efforts for decades. This past week, union leaders held a get out the vote rally in Flint.

Becky Pringle is the vice president of the National Education Association. She says “they have work to do” convincing union families to support Hillary Clinton.

“The problem is we are not spreading that message as broadly as we need to be able to do,” says Pringle. “Often times it’s a one on one conversation that we need to have with our members, which we are doing.”

Republican Donald Trump has made inroads in Michigan’s union vote by attacking trade deals, like NAFTA and the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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