Reaffirming Our Commitment to a Strong People Program
A strong and effective political action program is crucial to the protection and growth of workplace rights for the 1.6 million AFSCME sisters and brothers across the nation; and
AFSCME PEOPLE (Public Employees Organized to Promote Legislative Equality) is a driving force of the union’s political action program at the federal, state and local levels; and
The union reaffirmed its commitment at the 2012 AFSCME Convention to enroll ten percent of the membership at the PEOPLE MVP level of $100 per year; and
Currently 4 percent of AFSCME members contribute at the MVP level; and
About 95 percent of PEOPLE contributions come from payroll deductions, even as those deductions are under attack; and
Attacks on workers’ rights since 2011 have intensified each year, showing the importance of a strong political action program, funded with PEOPLE contributions; and
The United States Supreme Court continues to make it easier than ever for corporations and the super-rich to contribute their largess to anti-worker politicians; and
The PEOPLE program continues to modernize and enhance the collection and solicitation of contributions and maintenance of the data from contributors.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
That AFSCME members and activists reaffirm our commitment to the union’s political action program, specifically by increasing contributions to the PEOPLE PAC; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:
That AFSCME members and activists continue to fight for contract language that will provide for payroll deductions for PEOPLE contributions; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED:
That, by making AFSCME PEOPLE a part of every conversation with our sisters and brothers, AFSCME members and activists work toward the goal of getting ten percent of all members enrolled as PEOPLE MVPs.
INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD