Elections, RBG and Leaning In at Tradeswomen Build Nations 2020

With just two weeks to go before Nov. 3, the upcoming elections were a key point of focus for the largest U.S. gathering of union tradeswomen convening Oct. 17 for their annual conference.

“This year's conference is convening at a critical time,” said Sean McGarvey, president of North America’s Building Trades Unions in addressing the Tradeswomen Build Nations 2020 event. “Building trade sisters, please vote and help start a better path forward for the United States of America,” he added. “Your vote and activism matter. Your family and friends' votes and activism matter. We need you.”

Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO and an electrical workers' union board member, placed the imperative to vote against the backdrop of the centennial of women earning constitutional voting rights. “White women, that is,” she added, “because we know women of color had to fight another 45 years.”

“Think about those women on whose shoulders we stand," she said. “We have to make sure women vote this fall ... in numbers so large that we are the ones who decide this election.”

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