Practically all the jobs we work on come through local or federal government agencies. Some examples are highway, state and federal buildings, airports, sewers, colleges, grade schools, etc. We need to support legislators that will back these job programs.
Collective Bargaining, Workers’ Compensation, Unemployment Compensation, Davis-Bacon (prevailing wages) OSHA (safety) etc. are all laws that can be changed legislatively at any time.
Influence with our local, state and federal legislators is greatly enhanced when they know we are registered to vote, we are educated on the issues and we vote in elections. (With increased availability of information, you can rest assured they know if you are registered and if you vote.)
A labor organization with an informed registered membership can mobilize quickly and efficiently to support or defeat legislation for or against their best interests. This is especially important with today’s ballot initiatives.