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Resolutions & Amendments

36th International Convention - Anaheim, CA (2004)

Building Community and Consumer Support for AFSCME Organizing Campaigns

Resolution No. 1
36th International Convention
June 21 - 25, 2004
Anaheim, CA


As the largest union of public service workers, AFSCME represents those who provide the critical services that keep our democracy thriving. Our voice is truly the voice for a more caring, humane and civil American society; and


In most cases, the interests of AFSCME members and public service workers in general are closely aligned with the consumers of public services and the community at large. AFSCME's voice for greater funding and quality public services benefits our clients and the public we serve; and


Workers and consumers united are a powerful force in the face of those public officials who would sacrifice the public good for the benefit of a privileged few. Workers and consumers acting together can influence public opinion and move decision-makers in a way that workers alone can't; and


Many of our clients and consumers of our services are organized themselves, including students, the elderly, the disabled, victims of crime, and even those receiving public assistance. While we may have disagreements on certain issues, there is far more that we can agree on to advance our common goals; and


AFSCME members and public service workers in general are also members of their communities, and are active in their faiths, in political clubs and in their neighborhoods. Our welfare as workers — whether we earn a living wage, have affordable health insurance for our families and retirement security for our futures — affects the welfare of our communities, and is important to our religious and community leaders and political representatives.


That in all of AFSCME's campaigns, we examine the common interests we share with the consumers of our services, and consider strategies that will unite us in common purpose; and


That our campaign plans, where appropriate, include an approach to these particular consumers to explore common interests, and that our campaign actions include joint activities; and


That the most credible messengers in our campaigns are the workers themselves, who are organizing for greater voice and a better life, and can build strong bonds with consumers and the community.


Keith Jackson, President and Delegate
Fillippe Ellis, Recording Secretary and Delegate
AFSCME Local 2730, Council 72