Most Frequently Asked Questions
About the PEOPLE Program
does PEOPLE stand for?
PEOPLE stands for Public Employees Organized
to Promote Legislative Equality. PEOPLE is AFSCME's political action committee
and lobbies Congress on behalf of public employees and their families.
should I contribute to the PEOPLE Program?
Your PEOPLE contributions
are used to support politicians who understand the needs and concerns of working
families. Your PEOPLE dollars strengthen DC 37 and AFSCME's ability to influence
politics and policy at all levels of government. Your PEOPLE dollars also help
protect your job and quality of life.
my PEOPLE dollars used?
PEOPLE dollars are used in federal elections.
Federal elections are Presidential, Vice Presidential, US Senate, and US House
of Representative elections. PEOPLE dollars are also used to support AFSCME's
lobbying efforts on issues such as saving social security, pay equity, and the
war against privatization.
Do PEOPLE dollars only
go to one political party?
No. PEOPLE dollars are used to support
candidates who understand the needs and concerns of labor and working families.
PEOPLE politicians are men and women who respect public employees and believe
in the work that we do regardless of political affiliation.
my dues used to support the PEOPLE Program?
No. By law, Union dues
cannot be used to support political candidates. The law does allow public employees
to contribute politically through the PEOPLE Program.
do I become an MVP member?
A member who contributes $2.00 weekly or $4.00 bi-weekly per pay period automatically become an MVP level PEOPLE contributor.
do I get as an MVP member?
An MVP jacket and one PEOPLE Rewards point for every dollar you contribute. You can redeem your points for a variety of exclusive items in an online catalog of union-made merchandise.
do I contact when I don't receive my MVP gift?
Contact the Political Action Dept. at (212) 815-1550.
long do I have to contribute to PEOPLE?
PEOPLE contributions are
voluntary and can be stopped at any time by contacting the PEOPLE office.
PEOPLE contributions tax deductible?
No. PEOPLE contributions are
not tax deductible.
Can my friends contribute to PEOPLE?
In accordance with federal law, the DC 37 PEOPLE Committee will only accept contributions
from members of locals affiliated with DC 37, AFSCME and their families.