Public Employee Press
DC 37 News
Activists spread the union message
By ALFREDO ALVARADO
Activists are going around the city, visiting members in their homes and at their workplaces to talk about the benefits of union representation and to hear about their working conditions.
Recently, they have discussed the threat of the constitutional convention, which voters turned down in a ballot question in November (see pages 6-7). A convention could have opened the door for delegates to weaken or even eliminate the guarantee for public pensions and the right to union representation, a public education and government benefits.
In green tee shirts and baseball caps, hundreds of members and retirees have participated in the outreach and get-out-the vote effort.
The army of enthusiastic activists have volunteered for the campaign since the summer months, spreading the word about the benefit of unions. They are carrying union cards, urging non-represented city workers to sign up and others to reaffirm their support by signing up again.