Working families are under attack from a variety of wealthy business interests that place profits above people. Those special interests have successfully used many of our government institutions–Congress, the statehouse, City Hall and various regulatory agencies–to advance their agenda against the middle class.
Local 1000 will not sit idly by while others “play politics” to the detriment of state workers, their families and their communities. If the battle to save the middle class is going to be fought in the political arena, Local 1000 will do what it takes to ensure that our members and those who are important to them are represented in that fight.
Politics affect the way we live our lives every single day. From the food that we put on our tables and the emissions from our cars to our ability to save money for our children’s college educations, politics pervade almost everything we do in ordinary life. To influence the way politics affect us–and to protect us from a government driven by wealthy business interests–we must become politically active.
Moreover, to be successful, our activism must take many forms: electing candidates, advocating for legislation and engaging on citizen-driven referenda to protect the diminishing middle class.
Getting active during election season is key to Local 1000’s success in politics. In the 2014 election cycle, 80 percent of Local 1000-endorsed candidates won their offices. These candidates earned our endorsement, because they are committed to issues that are important to our members and to working families everywhere, like a living wage, retirement security and affordable healthcare benefits among many other things. We support good candidates by helping people have one-on-one conversations with voters, by phone banking and walking precincts to meet our neighbors where they live.
We also advocate for and against citizen-generated referenda like Proposition 30, the “Temporary Taxes to Fund Education” initiative, which we helped to pass. In contrast, we also helped defeat Proposition 32, the deceptive “Paycheck Protection Act of 2012,” which sought to undermine how much union members contribute to support political activities that protect their interests.
We are not afraid to walk the capitol–both in Washington, DC and in Sacramento–for legislation to support working families, such as the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Trust Act of 2012, which will help 6.3 million Californians, who have no access to an employer-based retirement plan, to save for a secure future. Our president, Yvonne Walker, serves on the Secure Choice Board, and is currently working to implement this important law.
Fighting for All Workers
Whether it’s candidates, referenda or legislation, Local 1000 will fight to give workers the respect and dignity they deserve; will help their families to secure basic needs like health care, housing and education; and will raise our communities up from the neglect they have experienced in recent years.
No matter what kind of attack the moneyed special interests want to bring, we are in it to win it for the middle class.
Politics matter because… Local 1000 is investing in your family’s future.
As state workers raising families in California, politics affect every aspect of our lives, including the rights, raises and benefits negotiated in our contract. Making politics work for you, your family and your community is important to us.