Organizing to win in 2018 – 86,000 educators, 86,000 voters
More than 33,000 Minnesota educators did not vote in the 2014 gubernatorial election. With your participation, our union has the power to change that in 2018.
And we must.
The 2018 election will have a profound impact not only on public education, but on our very future as a union. The next governor and Legislature will decide classroom issues, such as class size and licensing standards, and pocketbook issues, like student loan debt and health care costs.
The next governor must also protect our collective bargaining rights.
Get informed and get involved!
What's on the 2018 ballot?
All Minnesota voters will have these races on their 2018 ballot:
- U.S. Senator
- U.S. Representative
- Governor and Lt. Governor
- Secretary of State
- State Auditor
- Attorney General
- State Representative
Voters may have one or more of these races on their ballot:
- County Officers
- City Officers
- School Board Members
- Township Officers
- Hospital Board Members
- Park Board District Members
- Local ballot questions
Visit the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office website or contact your county election office to learn more about federal, state and local candidates and ballot questions.
Education Minnesota will be screening federal and state candidates and making endorsements in those races. Stay tuned!
Help us win
Our success in 2018 will rely on YOU!
Personal contact by a friend or colleague with shared interests and values is the most effective way to motivate voters. Activating members to engage their colleagues is the best way we can mobilize 33,000 members who otherwise might not vote.
Potential activists and voters work in every school in Minnesota! More than 8,000 members have been politically active, or have indicated an interest in political action, in previous years. Their leadership in grassroots activism will decide this election.
SIGN UP TODAY to help out in one of the following areas:
Our success will rely on at least 1,206 members serving as worksite political action leaders across the state. Worksite political action leaders will:
- Make personal, one-on-one contact with colleagues, outside of work time.
- Listen and share information about education, union and pocketbook issues in the election.
- Encourage civic participation, early voting and Election Day voting by all members.
- Promote 2018 campaign opportunities with activists.
- Receive support, organizing and messaging materials from Education Minnesota organizers.
The 2018 campaign will expand digital engagement to better reach members who seek information through social media networks, rather than through traditional campaign communications. Digital engagement leaders will help contact members through social media, texting and video platforms.
Persuading community members and turning out the vote on college campuses
Grassroots activists are needed to motivate educators and community members to vote through phone and door canvassing, and to partner with campus leaders to motivate college students to vote.
NextGen EdMN voter engagement
Voters under 35 vote less frequently in midterm elections. NextGen EdMN peer-to-peer organizing tools are available for every local and campus chapter to plan social and family activities to encourage voting and political action.
Local union political action coordinators
Each local union/chapter should appoint at least one local union political action leader who can coordinate with Education Minnesota on the 2018 campaign and work with local activists on grassroots efforts to win school board elections and levy referendums.