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PEOPLE Program

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 to request a PEOPLE presentation.

What politicians has my union supported? (PDF)

Michelle Akyempong
VP for Political Action, Local 371

PEOPLE Coordinators

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).

How PEOPLE 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.

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.

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 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.

Room 408
125 Barclay Street
New York, NY 10007
(212) 815-1578

Join PEOPLE Now, Get Involved

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.

All 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