(As Accepted at General Membership Meeting 5-13-2015)
The LPAT (Local Political Action Team) is proposing that the membership create a list of conditions that a candidate must satisfy to gain an endorsement from the Union. In order to maintain a productive relationship with members of our government at al levels, it is important that the candidates for potential positions know that they have the support of the membership. To solidify this, it is crucial that the membership flex its collective electoral strength. This means that we must come to an agreement as a group, and vote as a group for the collective good of the group. To this end, we are presenting the main issues that the committee identified as most important to our Union and the labor movement as a whole. Proposed
issues and positions the membership expects the candidates to take in order to
secure our endorsement:
Is the candidate’s
position on trade deals going to support jobs in the U.S. and
eliminate incentives for moving jobs overseas?
The TPP that the current administration is pushing is the latest among
the deals that historically prove to be harmful
to U.S. workers. Are they
US Call Center Bill-Does the candidate support this type of legislation
keeps call centers here and requires the call center to identify
their location to the caller?
Is the candidate’s position on worker’s rights supportive of workers?
NLRB- Are they willing to fully fund and not block pro-union
appointments to the NLRB so we have a fully functional
mechanism for worker rights? Right to Work- Is the candidate opposed
to and willing to prevent “Right to work” Legislation?
Bargaining- Is the candidate going to support collective bargaining?
Is the candidate willing to help remove Organizing “road
blocks” and enable workers to join a union freely
and without intimidation?
Is the candidate
in support of common sense consumer regulations?
Ex. Net Neutrality- Are they in favor of the recent determination by the
that puts Broadband under the umbrella of title II? This essentially bans
a carrier from blocking content, throttling
speeds, or granting prioritized
access to the internet it return for payment or affiliation.
Pension Raiding- Are they
willing to write and/or support legislation that
prevents businesses from being able to tap into pension/benefit funds
personal or investor gain.
Fios Build Out-Is the candidate willing to push the company to ensure
high quality service for
all in the Verizon footprint?
Is the candidate’s position in
line with maintaining a good quality standard of
Ex. Minimum wage- Is the candidate supportive of a higher
Paid sick leave Act- Is the candidate a supporter Paid Sick Leave Acts?
Project Labor- Is the candidate in favor of
legislation requiring prevailing
wages for labor on projects that are funded by public money?