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Resolutions & Amendments

32nd International Convention - Chicago, IL (1996)

PEOPLE Committees

Resolution No. 7
32nd International Convention
June 17-21, 1996
Chicago, IL


AFSCME PEOPLE Committees have as their objective the implementation of successful political, legislative, and fundraising programs designed to meet the needs of AFSCME members 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 that have been 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 awareness and capabilities to raise PEOPLE voluntary funds to finance these activities.


That AFSCME adopt as a national goal, where possible, the establishment of standing PEOPLE Committees in each local, council and retiree chapter; and, where possible, in those states where more than one council exists, those councils will develop a common PEOPLE structure for the purpose of establishing full participation in the state's political process; and that the International Union 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 chairs from their respective councils and locals.


Linda Briski, President and Delegate
Clifford Poehler, Secretary
AFSCME Council 14