Why we are active in politics
Through the political process, unions have fought and won basic labor rights including:
- The weekend
- Family Medical Leave Act
- The 40-hour workweek
- Social Security
- Worker’s compensation
Labor unions are also the only major group left that continues to protect these rights that big business is fighting to take away from us.
As Teamsters 856 members, politics impacts our day-to-day lives. In the public sector, city councils, board of supervisors, and hospital boards vote on our contract and budgets that affect our jobs. In the private sector, elected officials will vote on special funding, laws, rules, and regulations that can alter our working conditions.
D.R.I.V.E. — Democrat, Republican, Independent, Voter Education
Big Business spends big money in Washington to influence members of Congress and push their anti-worker plans. They outspend working families on politics by more than 15 to 1.
Take a stand for working families by contributing to D.R.I.V.E . – the Teamster political action committee.
Political Action Team
Getting involved in the political process is not as hard or as daunting as you may think. The Teamsters 856 Political Action Team is made up of members just like you — working people who want to make a difference. Your union needs your voice and talents to stand up for working families against Big Business and corporations — the more of us who participate, the more we can accomplish.