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Labor for Love in Washington State

While hundreds of volunteers began their day at 4am with pre-dawn lit drops and sign waving at key overpasses, others were catching a little extra sleep and getting ready to hit the doors all over the state hoping to squeeze out every last vote to Approve Ref. 74.  In south Seattle, members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21 (UFCW21) gathered to pull double shifts talking directly to voters who have yet to turn in their ballots.  More than 75 canvassers joined together for a pep talk from Sen. Ed Murray who championed the marriage bill in the state senate last January.  Then they hit the streets in west Seattle for some good old fashioned boots on the ground.

Labor has been an integral part of the Washington United for Marriage coalition with UFCW21 and the Service Employees International Union State Council (SEIU) joining HRC on the campaign's governing board.  Today's canvass launch was the cherry on top of a well organized and extremely committed show of solidarity between the labor and LGBT movements in Washington state.  Other labor partners include:

Washington Education Association
Washington State Labor Council
Unite Here Local 8
AFT Washington
Washington State Nurses Association
Spokane Regional Labor Council
King County/Seattle Building and Construction Trades Council
IBEW Local 46
Machinists District 751
Teamsters Joint Council 28
United Auto Workers, Local 4121
Washington Federation of State Employees -- AFSCME Council 28
Council of Metropolitan Police and Sheriffs (COMPAS)
Martin Luther King, Jr. County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
SEIU Healthcare 775NW
SEIU State Council
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
SEIU Local 925
UFCW Local 21
IATSE Local 15
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587

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