Amber Vann from UFCW Local 431 works at the Tyson plant in Waterloo. She was excited to help her brothers and sisters feel prepared to caucus. “This is my first caucus and I’m excited because I’ve already learned so much and am helping others do the same,” she said. “We have to be involved in the political process because we’re the ones who are impacted by it the most. I care about making healthcare and education more affordable – the best way to do that is to be involved in the process and elect Hillary Clinton.”
Cyndi Kirkendall from UFCW Local 230 works at Cargill in Ottumwa. “I’m excited to support Hillary because she supports us,” she said. “She wants to make it easier for people to stick together in their workplaces and negotiate for the better wages and benefits that we all deserve.”
Carl McGrone from UFCW Local 431, who works at the Tyson plant in Waterloo, walked many miles and made many phone calls to encourage more UFCW members to participate in the caucus. “I’ve been knocking on doors and making phone calls to help ensure that my coworkers, friends and family members are all ready to caucus,” he said. “I’m most concerned about how we can raise wages and make it easier to secure a strong retirement. I feel strongly that Hillary Clinton is the candidate who can really make those things happen.”
Union households made up 21% of the turnout in Iowa and Hillary won union households by nine points. Labor door knocks, phone calls, mail and member to member persuasion won the Iowa caucus.
Looking ahead to other primary contests, more and more UFCW members will be convincing their coworkers, friends and families that Hillary Clinton has the experience, composure and grit to rebuild the middle class and bring balance back to our economy.