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Using Political Action

Movilizando el Voto

Promoviendo la participación de nuestros miembros de base en el proceso político de nuestra nación puede ser un reto difícil para cualquier oficial o delegado de la UE. Sin embargo es algo importante que hay que hacer, especialmente durante un año electoral.

La Función del Delegado de UE con Respecto a las Elecciones

“Hay una diferencia entre la acción política y en jugar a la política. Cuando confrontábamos a los políticos y lográbamos la legislación que obteníamos, la UE no estaba jugando a la política; estaba involucrándose en la acción política. No rozábamos nuestras barrigas con los políticos. Había mucho aire entre nosotros. Uno podría ver la luz. Hoy, intenta encontrar el aire y la luz entre las barrigas de los dirigentes laborales y las barrigas de los políticos. No hay. No lo encontrará. Están jugando a la política”.

The Role of the UE Steward in an Election Year

“There is a difference between political action and playing politics. When we fought the politicians and we won what legislation we did, UE didn't play politics; we engaged in political action. We didn't rub bellies with the politicians. There was plenty of air between us. You could see light. Today, try to find some air and light between the bellies of labor leaders and the bellies of politicians. No go. You won't find it. They are playing politics.” — UE Leader James Matles, addressing the 1975 UE National Convention.

Using Political Action

Using Political Action

The Town Employees of Cabotville are mad. They have been without pay raises for 2 years because of the state budget cuts, which cut aid to their town. At their union meeting some of them made it clear they wanted to do something. "We're always the ones to take the hits," said Mary Higgins.

Health Savings Accounts

Health Savings Accounts

The Union at Cheap Enterprises was getting ready for contract negotiations, and so was the company. Union Stewards were out taking a survey of members on what were the most important issues. At the monthly Steward meeting, most Steward's reports were similar in one area.

"Seems like the foremen have been talking up a new insurance plan that the company is going to propose," said Harry Sternberg.