SEIU Nevada Members Are Campaigning and Caucusing For Barack Obama

NEVADA – SEIU Nevada members in Reno, Elko and the Las Vegas valley have been hitting the phones and working the streets and their workplaces to get their fellow union members out to caucus for Barack Obama tomorrow.

Today, SEIU Nevada members attended Barack Obama Town Halls at the University of Nevada, Reno and Elko High School. Members also attended the Town Hall yesterday at Rancho High School in LasVegas and the rally this evening at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Steve Smagala, a recovery room registered nurse at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno and SEIU Nevada member, attended the event at UNR and got fired up for tomorrow’s caucus: "I think Barack has ideas about what he wants to do and directly said what he was going to do. I liked what he had to say.”

Smagala added, “His wife was a hell of a speaker, too.” Tomorrow, Smagala also plans to make the caucus a familyaffair, by attending with his son, to be a part of history in caucusing for Barack Obama.

Olyna Doren, a Labor and Delivery RN at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospitalin Elko and SEIU Nevada member, shared the stage with Senator Obama and a number of other community supporters at the Town Hall in Elko.

"Getting to hear Barack Obama speak to the issues I care about was great!" said Doren. “As a nurse, the best part was hearing about his healthcare plan, which I thought was really sensible and economical.”

SEIU Nevada members across the state have been collecting caucus pledge cards and signing up precinct captains in coordination with the Barack Obama campaign.

“Organizing precincts is the key to winning in Nevada,” said Jane McAlevey, executive director of SEIU Nevada. “SEIU Nevada members across the state are working triple time to ensure that their coworkers, family and friends come out tomorrow morning to make the difference for Barack Obama.”

SEIU Nevada is the fastest-growing local union in Nevada, representing more than 17,500 healthcare and public service workers. SEIU Nevada members care for the sick, protect air and water quality, work with foster children and provide many other vital services to keep the region running. SEIU Nevada members live in more than 1,000 precincts from LasVegas and Clark County, to Reno and Washoe County, to Elko in Nevada’s rural north.