Politics Affects Everyone
PEOPLE (Public Employees Organized to Promote Legislative Equality) is about the difference between having things happen to you and making things happen for you.
AFSCME is our parent union representing over 1,600,000 municipal workers that make America happen and who lobbies and advocates for prosperity and opportunity for all working families
PEOPLE is our political action committee lobbying organization whose purpose is to influence the improvement of OUR working conditions and OUR benefit packages on the national level.
Click: Information from AFSCME on the PEOPLE program.
By participating in PEOPLE 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.
We not only stand for fairness at the bargaining table — we fight for fairness at the ballot box and in the halls of government.
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. From possible changes in Social Security retirement benefits to anti-union initiatives in the states, politics affects everyone. No other group of employees has such a direct connection to politics as AFSCME members. That is why PEOPLE matters.
Contact your Union Office at (914) 995-2151 and ask for the PEOPLE membership card to join the lobbying effort to provide a strong political voice for public employees.PEOPLE flier HQ
How PEOPLE Makes a Difference
PEOPLE works to affect the political process on many levels. Since 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 10 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.
PEOPLE Needs You
Like all aspects of our union, PEOPLE is nothing without our members. To provide a strong political voice for public employees, we need your 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.
Politicians 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 in PEOPLE.
Join Now and Get Involved By:
- Making a PEOPLE donation. Individual contributions can be made by check, money order, cash, or credit card.
- Signing a payroll deduction card for PEOPLE as a Unit 9200 member.
- Organizing PEOPLE fundraising events.
- Becoming active in your union’s PEOPLE committee.
- Click: CSEA Headquarters info on PEOPLE
Contact your Union Office at (914) 995-2151 and ask for the PEOPLE membership card to join the lobbying effort to provide a strong political voice for public employees.
NOTE: In 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.