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Resolutions & Amendments

27th International Convention - Chicago, IL (1986)

Establishment of PEOPLE Fund Raising Program

Resolution No. 83
27th International Convention
June 23-27, 1986
Chicago, IL


The PEOPLE Program was founded as a result of the Federal Elections Campaign Act that regulates political contributions and related activities of unions restricting such contributions and campaign activities to funds raised voluntarily. These voluntary, contributions can be made by AFSCME members and their families only; and


It is necessary to elect U.S. House of Representatives, Senate and Presidential candidates who are sensitive and supportive of AFSCME's position on federal legislation, the federal budget and other critical issues that affect state and local governments, private nonprofit organizations and other American workers; and


The need to raise voluntary funds is becoming even more crucial, now that right-wing, corporate, banking and other special interest groups are raising huge sums of money to elect politicians who desperately want to undo the social progress and programs of the last 50 years.


That all councils and locals in this International Union that do not have PEOPLE voluntary checkoff rights at the present time implement regular fund-raising programs which may include: hand collections at council and local functions; the promotion of the PEOPLE Presidents Club/VIP; the sale of PEOPLE merchandise; and various fund-raising events such as raffles, dances, etc.; and


That all councils and locals be encouraged to set goals that would include an average dollar amount to be raised for each member.


Bill Abitz, Delegate
Local 1366, Council 40
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin