LOCAL 85 (Toledo, Ohio) recently joined other building trades in Lima, Ohio, in an effort to get people registered to vote. The event coincided with the opening of Sen. Barack Obama’s election headquarters in Lima. L-85 BM-ST Fred Keith Jr. said the unions helped sign up 300 voters. In the photo to the right, union members take time during registration efforts to chat with Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (left). Left to right are Boilermaker retiree Glen Gruetter (in “Boilermakers for Obama” T-shirt); Tony Hammond, president of the Lima Building Trades; Keith; and L-85 Boilermaker Jack Miller, the general foreman at a local chemical plant and city councilman in the village of Shawnee, Ohio. “At every union meeting, I’m pushing voter registration,” said Keith. “People are fed up with the way things are, and we need everybody to vote this November.”
“People are fed up with the way things are, and we need everybody to vote this November.”
— Local 85 BM-ST Fred Keith Jr.