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Resolutions & Amendments

31st International Convention - San Diego, CA (1994)

PEOPLE Committees

Resolution No. 43


            AFSCME PEOPLE Committees have as their objective the implementation of successful political, legislative, and fundraising programs designed to meet the needs of AFSCME members and constituent AFSCME organizations within their respective jurisdictions; and


            The activities of PEOPLE Committees include such vital functions as: (1) the establishment of grassroots lobbying mechanisms to accomplish timely and effective responses to local, state and national legislative initiatives, (2) the institutionalization of political fundraising and (3) the development and maintenance of a corps of trained, active, political volunteers; and


            Business and right-wing organizations who oppose labor's interests will continue to spend millions of dollars against us, and the ability to fight anti-labor interests depends on a well structured PEOPLE organization in every AFSCME council, local and retiree chapter in the country; and


            PEOPLE Committees established in several states across the country have demonstrated their ability to perform activities such as lobbying, screening, endorsing, and campaigning for candidates at all levels of government, and have also demonstrated the capability to raise PEOPLE voluntary funds to finance these activities.


            That AFSCME adopt as a national goal the establishment of standing PEOPLE Committees in each local, council and retirees chapter. In those states with more than one council, those councils will develop, where possible, a common PEOPLE structure to facilitate full participation in the state's political process. The International Union will assist in developing these structures with legal, technical and administrative training where necessary; and


            That each Council and Local Director/President submit to the National PEOPLE Committee the name, address and telephone number of the PEOPLE Committee chair from their respective councils and locals.



Harold Mitchell, President and Delegate
Joan Drake, Recording Secretary
AFSCME Local 100, Council 8