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Nov. 5, 2016

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UUPers push for Hillary in battleground states


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Nearly a dozen UUP members spent the Saturday prior to the Nov. 8 election stumping for presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the key battleground states of Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.

A UUP contingent led by President Fred Kowal spent Nov. 5 knocking on doors in Philadelphia, while Outreach Committee Co-chair Tom Tucker and Fredonia Chapter President Ziya Arnavut walked the streets of Erie, Penn. Everyone carried the same message: This is the most important election of our time, and every vote counts.

"Many of us have been out there, going door to door and making calls to get out the vote for Hillary and other candidates who are pro-working family and pro-public education," said VP for Academics Jamie Dangler, above, who went door-to-door with three other UUP members to visit voters in the suburbs of Scranton, Penn.

Dangler, UUP Executive Board member Anne Wiegard, Binghamton Chapter President Benita Roth and Delhi Chapter delegate Kelly Keck headed to AFSCME Council 87's Dunmore office just outside Scranton, Penn. By 10:30 a.m., the union volunteers—paired with AFT members and staffers from California, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia—made their way to hundreds of households, handing out informational materials and urging people to vote.

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Further north, statewide Secretary Eileen Landy and Membership Development Officer Tom Hoey, with U.S. Sen. Thomas Markey, center, canvassed for Hillary and the Democratic ticket in New Hampshire. They started out among a “huge crowd” at Clinton headquarters in Keene, N.H., before driving close to 60 miles to neighborhoods around Keene and Jaffrey, N.H. There they visited 40 homes and talked with 65 registered voters, Hoey said.

"What was amazing were the people we visited who thanked us for what we were doing and who told us that we were making a difference,” Hoey said. “People were thrilled that we came to New Hampshire. Hopefully, we will get the result we need to continue as a union.”

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In Scranton, Dangler knocked on the door of a 32-year-old small-business owner, who was an enthusiastic Clinton supporter; she told Dangler and Texas AFTer Maryann Philbrook that she will "absolutely" cast a ballot on Election Day. A few streets away, Wiegard, above, caught up with Scrantonite Kevin Stephenson, who was out walking his two dogs; she didn't have to convince him how important his vote for Hillary will be on Election Day.

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Kowal said he would not stop stumping for Clinton until the polls close Nov. 8. He urged those who have volunteered to keep up the push, and encouraged others to get involved in the next couple of days. Campaigning with Kowal were, above, from left, Stony Brook Chapter member Cheryl Hamilton, Empire State College Chapter Member Reynolds Jones, Oneonta Chapter President Bill Simons, and Empire State College Chapter President Pamela Malone.

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Tucker, above right, and Arnavut pose for a photo before getting out the vote for Hillary in Erie.

"The election isn't over,” Dangler said. “We need everyone to step up and do their part."

Members can make calls for Hillary from home or just about anywhere using her online Phone Tool. It's easy to use; just follow the prompts.


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