Endorsement Instructions and FAQ

Candidates,

Thank you for your interest in the Denver Area Labor Federation (DALF) 2019 Municipal Endorsement.

DALF represents more than 90,000 union members and 114 local unions across the metro area. Our members and all working people face a barrage of attacks in the modern workplace as corporate interests work to shed responsibility for providing health insurance, retirement, reasonable work hours, and job safety protections.

To face these challenges, workers need allies in elected office: those who will champion people over profit, challenge business practices that exploit workers, and go toe-to-toe with our deep-pocketed anti-worker opposition.

The Denver Area Labor Federation endorsement is much more than a box to check on your candidate to-do list. It serves as a crash course in labor education. Our 4-step endorsement process is designed to expose you to the many different industries, workers and interests represented in the Colorado Labor Movement.

By seeking the endorsement of DALF, you have identified yourself as someone who wants to support workers. By completing the endorsement process you will be equipped with the tools and knowledge necessary to do so. Completing the endorsement process is not a guarantee of financial or voter contact support. However, it is a guarantee that you will learn what it takes to be a better citizen, candidate, and elected official.

Working people need champions at all levels of government and we look forward to working together so you can be that champion.

In Solidarity,

Rhiannon Duryea
Political Director
Denver Area Labor Federation

instructions

In order to be eligible for an endorsement, you must complete our questionnaire and attend one of our endorsement events:

Saturday, August 10th
10:00am-4:00pm
Sheet Metal JATC 
1515 W 47th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Saturday, August 17th
10:00am-4:00pm
SHEET METAL JATC
1515 W 47TH AVE, DENVER, CO 80211


On these dates, candidates will participate in our Apprenticeship Tour, Labor Education Forum and Interview led by rank-and-file members and labor leadership.

Candidates are required to pre-register. REGISTER HERE

FAQ

Questionnaire
Q: When will I be sent the questionnaire?
Q: When do I have to return the questionnaire?

Apprenticeship Tours
Q: I have done an apprenticeship tour in the past. Do I need to complete another one?
Q: None of the apprenticeship facilities are located in my district. Do I still need to attend a tour?
Q: Can I bring guests with me during the tour?

Candidate Education Forum
Q: Can I bring guests with me to the education forum?

Interview
Q: I prefer being interviewed on my own rather than in a panel setting. Can I sign-up for an individual interview?
Q: Why are interviews recorded?
Q: I am not available on any of the provided dates. Can I skip the interview?
Q: Can I bring guests with me to the interview?

General
Q: How are endorsements decided?
Q: I have been previously endorsed and/or  I believe my record speaks for itself and it is not necessary for me to complete the full process. Am I still eligible to receive an endorsement?
Q: Does the DALF provide campaign contributions?
Q: Am I running in a targeted seat?
Q: If I complete the DALF endorsement process, do I have to complete the questionnaire or endorsement process from individual local unions?

Questionnaire

Designed to give candidates the opportunity to express their values, the questionnaire addresses issues specific to Colorado’s labor movement such as immigration, inclusionary housing reform, minimum wage, and labor agreements. Your answers to the questions will be public.

Q: When will I be sent the questionnaire?

A: Access the municipal questionnaire HERE
 
       Access the school board questinnaire HERE

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Q: When do I have to return the questionnaire?

A: By 11:59pm the Thursday before your scheduled Endorsement Event. 
For example: If you registered for the event on Saturday, August 17th, your questionnaire must be returned by 11:59pm on Thursday, August 15th

If you are scheduled to attend an endorsement event Saturday August 10th, please note we have extended the submission deadline to 7:00pm Friday, August 9th.


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Apprenticeship Tours

Apprenticeship tours provide a unique opportunity to meet our members and gain an in-depth understanding of the work many of our members do.

When projects are union made, they're built right the first time and made to last. This skilled craftsmanship ultimately saves taxpayer dollars. During an apprenticeship tour you will see first hand the superior skill and safety training union apprentices undergo.


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Q: I have done an apprenticeship tour in the past. Do I need to complete another one?

A: If you have previously done an apprenticeship tour, you must still complete a tour with DALF. We work to include new information about the labor movement and organizing into these segments. Furthermore, our apprenticeships are constantly evolving to meet the needs of a rapidly changing economy and workforce. Their practices and importantly the challenges they face, may be different from year to year. This is an opportunity for you to tour another and learn more about the broad spectrum of union apprenticeships.


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Q: There are no apprenticeship facilities located in my district. Do I still have to attend the tour?

A: Yes. While apprenticeship facilities may not be located in your district, they serve Coloradans from across the state. It is important to learn more about the training and job opportunities apprenticeships offer your constituents and how we can work together to make these programs and opportunities more accessible to potential applicants, particularly women and people of color.


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Q: Can I bring guests with me during the tour?

A: We work to keep these tours small so that our apprenticeship coordinators have the opportunity to provide thoughtfully tailored information and answer specific questions. Candidates may bring their campaign manager or other individual closely involved with their campaign. All guests must be 18 years or older.


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Labor Education Forum

This forum educates candidates on the many facets of Colorado Labor. The education forum includes a history of the movement in Colorado; provides an overview of current struggles and successes; covers basic structural and political components of labor unions including leadership, campaign finance and coordination.


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Q: Can I bring guests with me to the education forum?

A: The education forum is specifically tailored for candidates and elected officials. Candidates may bring their campaign manager or other individual closely involved with their campaign. Children are welcome to attend, however on-site child care is not available.


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Interview

A blend of affiliate leadership and members gather to ask an array of questions different from the questionnaire. Interviews will be conducted panel-style where up to 4 candidates will be interviewed at a time. Interviews will be recorded and made available to affiliate leaders at their request.


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Q: I prefer being interviewed individually rather than in a panel setting. Can I sign-up for an individual interview?

A: No. Our affiliates and membership find that interviews are more engaging and informative when 2-4 candidates are present.


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Q: Why are interviews recorded?

A: Similar to why the questionnaires are public, our endorsement process is about transparency, accountability, and access. Experience has taught us that promises made behind closed doors are often promises not kept. Additionally, interviews are shared with local leadership who are unable to attend. Candidates and guests are prohibited from recording interviews without explicit permission from DALF President, Josh Downey.


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Q: I am not available on any of the provided dates. Can I skip the interview?

A: No. In extenuating circumstances, accommodations may be made, but are not guaranteed. Please email [email protected] as soon as possible if you are unable to attend any of the provided dates.


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Q: Can I bring guests with me to the interview?

A: While not preferred, candidates may bring their campaign manager or other individual closely involved with their campaign. This individual may observe the interview but may not participate or aid the candidate in answering questions. If the candidate does not have childcare during their interview slot, children may attend, however on-site child care is not available. Candidates and guests are prohibited from recording interviews without explicit permission from DALF President, Josh Downey.


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General

Q: How are endorsements decided?

A: As with most decisions and public positions taken by DALF, endorsements are rooted in member-led democracy. Members of our political committee and those who participate in the endorsement process make non-binding recommendations to our larger delegate body. As these recommendations are non-binding and for internal use only, they are not public and will not be shared with candidates.

Recommendations are presented to delegates at a designated monthly delegates meeting. In order to secure an endorsement, candidates must receive a two-thirds majority vote. Historically, at least 85% of affiliated unions are represented at these meetings.

While the majority of your interactions throughout the endorsement process may be with DALF staff-- President, Josh Downey; Political Director, Rhiannon Duryea; and Community Engagement Director, Madison Cassels-- staff does not determine endorsements. In fact, staff in non-elected positions (Political Director and Community Engagement Director) are not permitted to vote on endorsements. 


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Q: I have been previously endorsed and/ or I believe my record speaks for itself and it is not necessary for me to complete the full process. Am I still eligible to receive an endorsement?

A: No. Our constitution prohibits DALF from providing endorsements to candidates who have not completed the process. Furthermore, the endorsement process is meant to provide in-depth education in a field that is rapidly evolving and constantly under attack. It is important for all candidates, including incumbents, to be exposed to the diverse and ever changing needs of working people.


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Q: Does DALF provide campaign contributions?

A: DALF does not make monetary contributions to candidates. However, in certain targeted seats DALF may release members or staff to directly work on campaigns until in-kind contribution limits are met. Additionally, as our power comes from our membership, we provide member-to-member voter contact through canvasses, phone banks, mailers, and emails for endorsed candidates in targeted races. We work to connect endorsed candidates with affiliated local unions who make monetary contributions.


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Q: Am I running in a targeted seat?

A: A variety of factors, including the performance of an individual candidate during the endorsement process, determine what resources DALF dedicates to a specific race.


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Q: If I complete the DALF endorsement process, do I still have to complete the questionnaire or endorsement process from individual local unions?

A: Any aspects of the DALF endorsement process that can supplement or replace the requirements of an individual local are determined by that local. An endorsement from DALF signals to the broader labor community that you are an ally to all working people. Individual locals may choose to conduct their own independent process in an effort to best highlight their specific needs. We recognize that, as a candidate, your time is valuable. However, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to meet the needs of working people. Given the broad range of issues that impact locals, they may determine that their own individual endorsement process is necessary. Endorsement processes offered up by labor should be approached as an immersive educational opportunity. Knowledge is power, and working people need powerful allies in elected office.


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