Below is a copy of a communication sent to the Borough Building last evening to Chief Mike Ford and Manager Scot Fodi. We are posting this communication here and other platforms for your knowledge:

“Working America, a community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, will be conducting a door-to-door organizing drive in the great borough of Oakmont starting on the 26th of June 2024, and continuing until at least July 15th 2024.

The purpose of this letter is to ensure the safety of our staff, and to provide you with background information on Working America and our canvassing operation, so that you are aware of our activities and have the information you need to respond to any inquiries about our work.

Please notify all police officers and dispatch of our presence so that they are aware of our constitutionally-protected right to engage in our membership drive.

Working America is a chartered affiliate of the AFL-CIO with nearly four million members who are associate members of the AFL-CIO. Working America is a not-for-profit 501(c)(5) labor organization that engages in education, and legislative and political advocacy, in support of good jobs, education, living wages, secure pensions, affordable health care, retirement security, and other issues of importance to working families.

Working America’s canvassers are professionally trained and may at times carry prominently displayed picture identification cards and wear red safety vests that display their affiliation with Working America. The purpose of our organizing drive is to educate working people about issues that affect them, and sign up new members.

Our organizers do not sell any kind of products.

Our canvassing typically operates in the late afternoon and evening, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. – the hours when working people are most likely to be home. Courts have recognized the right of canvassers to canvass during these hours, notwithstanding any local or state curfews. See Ohio Citizen Action v. City of Englewood, slip opinion 10-3265/3293 (6th Cir. 2012); City of Watseka v. Illinois Public Action Council, 796 F.2d 1547 (7th Cir. 1985) ; New Jersey Citizen Action v. Edison Township, 797 F.2d 1250 (3d Cir. 1986)

As a courtesy to all communities in which we canvass, we notify each town or city before starting work there.

Because Working America is engaged in constitutionally-protected political speech in its canvassing operation, it is not required to obtain a permit prior to engaging in this activity. Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of New York v. Village of Stratton W 536 U.S. 150 (2002) ; Ser Empl Intl Union v. Mun Mt Lebanon, 04-4646 (3rd Cir. 2006).

We look forward to talking with residents in your community about Working America and its advocacy in support of working families. Feel free to give us a call at any time with any questions. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.”

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