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Political Action - Get Involved!
Updated On: May 03, 2013

GET INVOLVED AT LOCAL 117!

As a Union member, your involvement in political action is key to preserving good Teamster jobs with good benefits, family wages and decent working conditions for you and your family. 

There are lots of ways to get involved.  The first step is to make sure that you are registered to vote. For more information about voter registration, see below. 

You can also join one of Local 117's political action committees, talk to other Union members about critical issues that impact working families as a part of our Labor Neighbor program, or register other Union members to vote.  During the 2011 legislative session, be sure to follow your Local Union's work in Olympia by following us on Twitter.

REGISTER TO VOTE HERE!

LOCAL 117 POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES

With over 16,000 members statewide, Local 117's ability to impact the electoral landscape is huge and your knowledge and experience are the most powerful tools to hold policy makers accountable to the critical issues impacting our members.

Local 117's Political Action Coordinator Lily Wilson-Codega is organizing Political Action Committees (PACs) in your area.  The purpose of the committees is to fight for issues that matter to Teamsters - issues like jobs, public safety, protection for injured workers, health care, and retirement security.  

Your Local Union has organized active PACs in the following areas:

  • King County
  • Pierce County
  • Snohomish County
  • Thurston/Mason Counties
  • Benton/Franklin Counties
  • Walla Walla County
  • Clallam County

For more information about upcoming PAC meetings and about how you can get involved, contact lily.wilson-codega@teamsters117.org or at 206-441-4860 ext. 1262.

LABOR-NEIGHBOR ACTIVITIES

Join your Union sisters and brothers in the fight to protect the rights of working people by participating in your Local Union’s Labor Neighbor program.

With Labor Neighbor, you work side by side with your fellow Union members to help elect leaders who will protect our pensions, fight for better wages, and stand up for the right to affordable healthcare. 

With Labor Neighbor, you will:

  • Register fellow union members to vote
  • Engage in voter education
  • Build community coalitions
  • Get out the vote on election day
  • Get to know other union members

For more information about how you can get involved, contact Teamsters Local 117 Political Action Coordinator, Lily Wilson-Codega at 206-441-4860 ext.1262.

DRIVE - TEAMSTERS NON-PARTISAN PAC

Big Business spends big money in Washington to influence members of Congress and push their anti-worker plans. They outspend working families on politics by more than 15-1.

Through grassroots political action and aggressive lobbying on Capitol Hill and in State Houses and City Halls across America, Teamsters have stopped some of the worst attacks on working people.

But Big Business is pushing their agenda harder than ever. That means we have to fight back stronger than ever.

And we have to move forward with our own programs, like improving job safety, fighting for affordable childcare, and stopping abuses by corporate health providers and insurance companies.

You can take a stand for working families by contributing to DRIVE – the Teamsters’ political action committee. Your contribution will support grassroots action by Teamster families to stand up to Big Business interests.

And your membership to DRIVE will help elect political candidates who care about working people. Contributions to DRIVE support a wide range of Teamster activities:

  • Keeping members and their families informed on the key issues that affect our future, including voter guides that show the records of our Senators and Representatives in Congress.
  • Rallies, news conferences, advertisements, and phone banks to build support on issues of concern to working people.
  • Voter registration, and financial support for political candidates who will stand up for working families.

DRIVE is non-partisan and independent from any political party.  DRIVE is a critically important way that your Union can build political power to fight anti-worker initiatives, like the recent attack on collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin.

If you would like to contribute to DRIVE, talk to your Business Representative.

 TEAMSTERS TEAM FUND

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has also established a fund called the Teamsters Education and Mobilization (TEAM) Fund. Unlike DRIVE PAC, which is only for active Teamster members, the TEAM Fund can accept donations from family members, non-active members and retirees.

The new fund opens up the ability of everyone to donate funds to the Teamsters political program – an important aspect of our union that works to ensure politicians in Washington, and at the state level, are advocating for the best interests of our country’s working class and Teamsters in particular.

For more information, click here.


May 28, 2013

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