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PEOPLE Program Political Action Fund

Across the country, Americans are facing an out-of-balance economy that favors the wealthy while wages remain stagnant for everyone else. Working families are struggling to get ahead and public services are under attack. AFSCME PEOPLE, our union’s political action fund, provides us with an opportunity to stand together to protect the benefits and rights we’ve won in our workplaces and our communities.

We must take an active role to elect politicians who advocate for issues that are important to working families, like the need to balance the economy, defend workers’ rights, secure workers’ benefits, invest in public services, and ensure a secure retirement for all. PEOPLE funds are used for lobbying, running grassroots campaigns, sharing our message through print and radio ads, and directly supporting pro-worker candidates who are committed to addressing the needs of DC 37 members and retirees. Federal law puts significant restrictions on the ways union dues money can be used for political activities. So, without AFSCME PEOPLE, we would not have the resources we need to make our voices heard in politics. By contributing today, you can help elect local, state and federal candidates who will fight for us and the issues we care about most.

E-mail Khalia Kweli PEOPLE Presentation Request to request a PEOPLE presentation for your local or worksite.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is PEOPLE?
PEOPLE is our voluntary political action fund.

Why do we need PEOPLE?
We need our own war chest to fight the attacks on our members. By law, we can’t use members’ dues money to wage our campaigns to elect candidates who stand by working families, or to oppose those who seek to deny us our rights.

What are PEOPLE contributions used for?
PEOPLE money helps us set the table to fulfill the union’s mission—protecting and strengthening working families. We use PEOPLE dollars to fight for and enforce better contracts; safeguard our pensions; elect candidates who share our values and hold them accountable at all levels—local, state and federal; lobby to pass or stop laws/legislation.

What is a PEOPLE MVP?
For as little as $8 a month, you can become a PEOPLE MVP. When you join at the MVP level, you will receive an MVP hoodie with an embroidered PEOPLE logo. Learn more about the PEOPLE MVP here.

Then what?
Your contributions grow, along with those of your coworkers, to create a powerful political voice and help us push back against efforts to take away benefits, retirement security and collective bargaining.

Questions about the PEOPLE Program?
Contact us.

Sharon Braxton
President, Local 436

Earn Rewards Points!
As a PEOPLE MVP, you’ll earn a reward point for every dollar you contribute. When you collect enough points, redeem them for unique union-made and USA-made merchandise from our online site. Find out more at