Check out stories and quotes from first-hand union lobbyists here.

Hear stories and quotes from union activists who have come to lobby with Virginia AFL-CIO.

“Great experience…the level of positivity today was 100% difference than last year with the Republicans in control. Nice to have so many pro-labor politicians.”

IATSE 285

Roger Moore

How was your lobby experience?

“Be active. Be involved. Be seen.”

What would you say about lobbying to someone who is on the fence about lobbying or its importance to unions?

What would you say about lobbying to someone who is on the fence about lobbying or its importance to unions? 

“I want to be a positive force for change in my community.” 

“This was my first-time lobbying, and it was an interesting learning experience. While I didn’t get much time with the Delegate, I did learn about how these encounters take place and especially the importance of personal connection and being on message.”

USW 8888

Luke McCann

How was your lobby experience?

“Lobbying and unions are the loudest, most direct way to have your voice heard and amplified outside of voting.”

Why did you decide to come lobby on behalf of your union?

What would you say about lobbying to someone who is on the fence about lobbying or its importance to unions? 

“I want to be a positive force for change in my community.” 

“Enjoyed it and was glad to see the legislators that we helped during this election and that they are still on board with workers.”

UFCW Local 400

Janet Wainwright

How was your lobbying experience?

“We need changed. Our state needs to start looking out for workers more than businesses, without us, there would be no business.”

 

“We do make a difference, get involved.”

Why did you decide to come lobby on behalf of your union?

What would you say about lobbying to someone who is on the fence about lobbying or its importance to unions? 

“I want to be a positive force for change in my community.” 

“I have lobbied more than a few times! This year was much, much better than years past.”

WVLF; USW; VARA

Cliff Carlton

How was your lobbying experience?

What was the highlight of your time at the General Assembly?

“Working with my union brothers and sisters and leaders because numbers matter and our voice will be heard.”

“I wanted to learn more in a smaller setting outside of the Labor 2020 Legislative Conference. Also, right to work law is affecting my family, and I want to see change.”

ILA 1248

LaWanda Carter

Why did you decide to come lobby on behalf of your union?

How was your lobbying experience?

"Today, was the first time that I lobbied by myself. I learned how to track a bill before you go into a meeeting with a legislator that day. I recommend that you be yourself and inform yourself on the issues before you present to a legislator; also, speak clear and make eye contact when talking with them."

“Do it! Your delegates and senators need to hear from you!” 

VA State UAW CAP Local 2069

Mike Spraker

What would you say about lobbying to someone who is on the fence about lobbying or its importance to unions?

Why did you decide to come lobby on behalf of your union?

What was the highlight of your time at the General Assembly?

“It’s our duty. Speak up and be heard.” 

“Just being able to meet our legislators again and to meet up with friends from around the state.” 

“You can’t expect things to change themselves, you have to go out [and] do the work to make change happen.”

CWA 2204

Hannah Long

What would you say about lobbying to someone who is on the fence about lobbying or its importance to unions?

Why did you decide to come lobby on behalf of your union

“New experiences and opportunity to help my fellow Virginians.”

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