Labor mobilizing massive get out the vote drive for Obama

Now that registration drives are over, unions in Colorado and across the country are working to make sure that voters actually show up to the polls.

The AFL-CIO, a large coalition of labor groups, has announced what has been called the “largest ever union get-out-the-vote drive” in history.

Union members and their supporters — including a total of 250,000 volunteers — will operate in 20 presidential battleground states, including Colorado.

The volunteers have already made 70 million phone calls and knocked on 10 million doors for Obama, and higher totals are expected before Election Day.

On Thursday the Colorado AFL-CIO will also operate phone banks in Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Unions members in the state are also planning to canvass in the same cities over the weekend.

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at erosa@www.coloradoindependent.com.

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