AFSCME members and their families can be part of PEOPLE!
"Holding politicians accountable takes resources, and that’s where the PEOPLE program comes in. And we can’t just be active at the national level. We’ve got to be just as involved in state and local politics to make a difference for working people. Never underestimate what you do for our union. Never underestimate the power of our voices or our PEOPLE program. Never underestimate what we can achieve when we come together. "
Lee Saunders, Int'l President
"We have to ask ourselves: Am I worth a cup of coffee? Is fairness worth a combo meal? I know I'm worth it, and I know my AFSCME brothers and sisters are worth it, too. So, let's lose the calories and gain some power by joining PEOPLE today."
Laura Reyes, Int'l Secretary-Treasurer
|Make a PEOPLE donation, sign a payroll deduction card for PEOPLE checkoff, get active with your union’s PEOPLE committee and become an MVP (Most Valuable PEOPLE). To find out how, click here.
PEOPLE is “Public Employees Organized to Promote Legislative Equality.” PEOPLE contributions are used to support elected officials
who understand the needs and concerns of working families. PEOPLE dollars have
provided valuable support to AFSCME's lobbying efforts on issues such as saving
Social Security, fighting for health care and countering anti-union initiatives.
PEOPLE is the difference between having things happen to you and making them happen. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a PEOPLE presentation.
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VP for Political Action, Local 371
PEOPLE Coordinators from each DC 37 local and the Retirees Association are appointed by their local/Retirees
Association president. They hold meetings on the second Monday every three months (except
in July and August).
Politics Affects Everyone
By participating in PEOPLE (AFSCME's political, legislative
and fundraising arm), you can have a direct impact on the political process from
helping shape policies on privatization and other issues that affect us to helping
elect the public officials who are your bosses.
As a public
employee, your job, wages and working conditions are directly linked to politics.
We need the active participation of all members in order to make our legislative/political
program strong, and in turn, to be effective when we work on behalf of our members.
No other group of employees has such a direct connection to politics as AFSCME
members. That is why PEOPLE matters.
Makes a Difference
PEOPLE works to affect the
political process on many levels. By law, union dues cannot be used to fund political
campaigns; voluntary member contributions to the PEOPLE fund are used to help
elect pro-worker candidates.
It is important to realize that pro-worker
candidates are generally outspent by opponents, often by more than ten to one.
Big business is always a big spender for their candidates. Without our member
contributions, pro-worker candidates would face almost impossible odds.
But PEOPLE provides more than money to candidates
and campaigns. Trained AFSCME volunteers participate in campaigns
to give pro-worker candidates the winning edge. Our political activists can make
the crucial difference in any race. AFSCME also serves as a strategic resource
for pro-worker candidates to help map out successful campaign strategies.
And last but not least, PEOPLE works with AFSCME members
at the council and local levels to help create a structure for evaluating campaigns
and endorsing candidates in state and local races. Politics is everywhere, but
fortunately, so is PEOPLE.
Like all aspects of our union, PEOPLE
is nothing without our members. To provide a strong political voice for public
employees, we need help. You can become an active part of PEOPLE in many ways.
The easiest way is by participating
in a PEOPLE check-off program to provide a regular contribution that we can count
on as we work with candidates and campaigns throughout the year to make sure our
members' interests are represented.
will make decisions that have a great impact on you from privatization to pensions
with or without your input. Make your voice heard by joining with other members
DC 37 PEOPLE
125 Barclay Street
New York, NY 10007
accordance with federal law, the PEOPLE Committee will accept contributions only
from members of AFSCME and their families. Contributions or gifts to AFSCME PEOPLE
are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.
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