Holding politicians accountable through our member-driven endorsement process.
October 12, 2017
In 2015, we formed an advisory committee of members to make recommendations to our Executive Board about candidates for endorsement. Many Unions do not engage their membership on these decisions, but as a member-driven Union, we think this is incredibly important.
Here’s how our endorsement process works:
Each May, our Political Advisory Committee updates our candidate questionnaire.
Candidates return their questionnaire and we schedule them for a 30-minute interview.
In these interviews, we ask candidates questions about their plan to support working-family issues.
Our committee makes decisions about which candidates to recommend to our full Executive Board and whether to recommend a campaign contribution.*
Recommendations are sent to our Executive Board which ultimately makes the final decision.
*Contributions to candidates ONLY come from our Teamsters 117 Working Families PAC – as a policy, we do not use dues dollars to make contributions to candidates.
In politics, we only have permanent issues – we don’t have permanent friends. This means we continually need to hold politicians accountable for the votes they take and to make sure we hold them to what they say they are going to do.
The only way we do that is to have members involved.
Interested in Getting Involved?
If you are interested in participating on our Statewide Political Advisory Committee, please contact our Political Director Samantha Grad at 206-794-9663 or via email [email protected].
I just Received the Teamster Joint Council 28 Flyer. Inside You have selected Politicians that are doing more harm than actually helping our state and the union. I have not been happy with how this Union has steered far left of many people’s values. You back a Governor that has not shown respect to the people one single bit during this COVID-19 and Keeps placing blame on Trump for everything instead of actually being a True leader and excepting his failures! He has not spoken up about the 650 million dollar loss of Funds to Nigerian thefts and thousands still not getting Unemployment paid. But yet You back him and he has not done anything besides waste state money and tell Many Lies! Dollars put into the Union never reflect a political view for many Teamsters. Right now I do not hear one thing being said during all that is Happening in Seattle and the effects it has on jobs and on Teamsters losing possible jobs. I do not hear a Voice being Vocal against such Violence being pushed around Seattle or across the Country. If the Teamsters are going to play the Political Game they should really reflect upon how a Sector of the Country is trying to destroy the Country and Teamster Future! We are potentially looking at thousands of Jobs being lost because of companies leaving Large cities due to terrible Leadership. But that’s my OP! It is time for the unions to start Speaking out for its Members!!
Holding politicians accountable through our member-driven endorsement process