IBEW 2199 understands the importance of being politically active. Our Union’s involvement in Legislative Issues and Political Action Committees is vital if we intend to succeed in our constant battle for the good-paying jobs that our members deserve. When our members participate in Labor Walks, lobby days or simply gather together at town hall meetings, we create the foundation along with strong relationships that are essential in lobbying for important legislation.
This type of involvement not only helps 2199’s membership but all other unions and working people alike. When seeking the support of key Political figures, we must first show that we are familiar with the issues in order for them to take us seriously. Once that is established, the most important task of the committee is to be persistent or no official will act on our behalf and that’s where you come in. Elected officials often witness 2199’s members mobilizing in great numbers in support of new legislation or candidate support. Local 2199 instantly recognizes how valuable we are in the political process. When we lobby for laws to protect working people, elected officials are often reminded by their staff of the impact that was demonstrated through our actions. They know that when we care about an issue or a cause, we commit our full support wherever and whenever necessary.
To find out how you can help your union gain a voice in local, state and federal legislation, contact the 2199. You can also speak with your shop steward or attend a General Membership Meeting and discuss politics there. And remember, when it comes to politics, all politics is local!