Legislative/Political Committee — Shall be responsible for the development and implementation of the Union’s legislative and political activities.
The answer to, “Why is CWA involved in Legislative and Political Action?” is found in our Union Constitution.
CWA Constitution: We, the Communications Workers of America, believing that as an integral part of society we are entitled to an equitable share in the products of our labor and realizing that our welfare can best be protected and advanced through the united effort of all workers, do, through this Constitution, under God, seek to form a more perfect means of securing for ourselves, and labor in generally, full employment of the inherent rights and dignities which our institutions were ordained to preserve.CWA Constitution Article III – Objects a) To unite the workers within its jurisdiction in a single cohesive labor union for the purpose of collective effort; b) To improve the conditions of the workers with respect to wages, hours, working conditions and other conditions of employment; c) To disseminate information among the workers respecting economic, social, political and other matters affecting their lives and welfare; d) To advance the interests of the workers by advocating the enactment of laws beneficial to them and the defeat or repeal of laws detrimental to them; e) To do all things which may be necessary or proper to secure for the workers the enjoyment of their natural rights.
We get these objectives accomplished by actively participating within our own CWA structure and those of our Union affiliates – as members of CWA 9003, through the CWA Southern California Council, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, CWA District 9, the California State Federation of Labor, and through our International Union and the AFL-CIO.
Because laws are made/defeated/repealed by elected representatives who often are elected by 1 or 2 votes per precinct, we encourage our members to be Registered to Vote and VOTE. Helpful Voter Registration information can be found by clicking on the Government/State tab above. You can register to vote or apply to Vote-by-Mail online.
At election times we distribute a list of CWA-recommended candidates for office. Although we never will tell you how to vote, we do make recommendations based upon face-to-face interviews, public commitments, “labor friendly” positions and/or their actual voting record on our Labor related issues.
You are also encouraged to visit our affiliates, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and the California Labor Federation. For more information, please contact our Legislative & Political Committee Chair, Alton Reed.