In the Georgia Senate runoff elections on January 5, Democrats Jon Ossoff and the Reverend Raphael Warnock unseated Trump-supporting incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue by margins of less than 80,000 votes—abetted by what a UNITE HERE! leader calls an “unprecedented ground game” by labor unions. “In the last couple weeks, we were talking to 15,000 people a day,” says Gwen Mills, the secretary-treasurer of the 300,000-member hotel and food-service workers union. During the six-week runoff campaign, according to Mills, UNITE HERE!

With their historic victories in Georgia’s Jan. 5 runoffs, Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff will become the 49th and 50th members of the Democratic caucus in the U.S. Senate. Georgia AFL-CIO President Charlie Flemming also congratulated Warnock and Ossoff. “The Georgia AFL-CIO congratulates U.S. Senator-elects Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff for their tremendous, hard-fought victories. “From day one, both Rev.

On Tuesday, more than 1,000 cooks, bartenders, servers, housekeepers and concessions workers held a car rally with the Rev. Raphael Warnock, calling for change in the U.S. Senate. Speakers included Georgia AFL-CIO President Charlie Flemming and Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council President James Williams, with dozens of labor allies on the ground in attendance. As the COVID-19 pandemic and related shutdown wear on, the Senate runoff has major implications for the lives and livelihoods of workers and their families both in Georgia and throughout the country.

Jon Ossoff joined the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)’s Ossoff-Warnock Express Bus at the Five Points MARTA station in Atlanta on Tuesday to discuss the importance of early voting and getting out the vote in the lead-up to Election Day. The ATU Ossoff-Warnock Express Bus has been rolling across the state holding socially distanced rallies and other events in an all-out mobilizing effort. ATU Georgia bus drivers, train operators and other transit workers are also flooding transit centers to encourage riders to get out and vote in this critical election.

The Georgia Federation of Teachers (AFT) kicked off its canvassing campaign Dec. 21 with a rally at the Machinists (IAM) building in Savannah to get out the vote for Warnock and Ossoff. AFT President Randi Weingarten and Jerome Irwin, president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) Savannah chapter, spoke on the importance of voting in the Jan. 5 Senate runoffs, and how Warnock and Ossoff are the right choices for Georgia’s working people.

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) reports that its efforts to mobilize Latino families to the polls are underway. The group recently partnered with GA Familias Unidas, and has set up Georgia GOTV phone banks every Tuesday and Thursday from 6–8 p.m. ET.

Georgia shocked the country by voting for the Biden–Harris ticket in November. Now the state has the chance to flip the U.S. Senate to pro-worker control come January. Black and Brown voters in cities across Georgia joined a wide range of community organizations for John Lewis “Good Trouble” Marches and Votercades on Monday, as early voting began.

At a recent labor rally ahead of Monday’s first day of early voting in Georgia’s January 5 Senate runoffs, Yvonne Taylor Brooks, secretary-treasurer for the Georgia state AFL-CIO, delivered a simple message. Electing Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock isn’t simply about running up the score for a political party. Instead, victory preserves the chance for “a brighter future where all of Georgia workers have safe working environments” and “a voice on the job,” and where “right to work” is just a terrible memory.