Many union workers and volunteers stood and clapped as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka walked to the podium Tuesday at the Toledo Federation of Teachers building in Toledo. Before volunteers spent their time canvassing, Trumka stopped by in support of Hillary Clinton to boost the volunteer spirit and to urge people to vote in an election he called “the most consequential of our time.”

Support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has dropped even lower among union members. Support for Trump among members of AFL-CIO-affiliated unions stood at 33 percent in Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, the five battleground states the group was targeting. That was a decrease from September.

Organized labor launched the final phase of its political battle plan to put Hillary Clinton in the White House, announcing Thursday a new video from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and a door-to-door blitz aimed at getting union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, and Nevada to the polls to vote for the Democratic nominee.

A federal district court ruled on October 19, 2016, that Ohio must allow most of the voters illegally purged from the rolls to vote in this year’s presidential election using provisional ballots. “If those who were unlawfully removed from the voter rolls are not allowed to vote, then the Secretary of State is continuing to to disenfranchise voters in violation of federal law,” Judge George Smith warned..

Donald Trump’s union support had dropped 12 points in Ohio since June. Last week, the Ohio AFL-CIO distributed 125,000 mailers titled “Trump Stiffs American Steelworkers,” citing articles that Trump had profited from low Chinese pricing instead of buying American steel.

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“Women are more activist than men,” said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, “and understand that Clinton supports collective bargaining, raising the minimum wage and paid time off for illness and family care.” This year the AFL-CIO is targeting women as an individual voting group for the first time in a presidential race. Earlier this month 15,000 women, three times as many as expected, joined a conference call Shuler led to discuss strategies for convincing coworkers and relatives to vote for Clinton.

The labor community is rallying around Hillary Clinton following her nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate. The AFL-CIO will begin campaigning for Clinton in full force this weekend with a series of events in battleground states such as Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Missouri and Nevada. “Working people are unified behind Hillary Clinton and are ready to defeat Donald Trump in November,” the AFL-CIO said Friday.