The CWA Political Action Fund (PAF) is the political action committee for the working men and women of CWA, their families, and retirees. Every dollar you contribute to the Political Action Fund (PAF) is put to work building political power for you, your family, and your future. The PAF provides financial contributions to worker-friendly candidates. CWA can only use voluntary dollar’s to contribute to an endorsed candidate for federal office. No Union dues money of any kind can be given to a political candidate for federal office of a national political party.
The Political Action Fund (PAF) is fighting to strengthen your voice at work and garner one who have none. The PAF is working to give every patient in NY State the kind of health care we would want for our own families, such as fighting for the passage of the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act requiring safe staffing nurse to patient ratio’s. Your PAF was instrumental in settling the forty nine (49) day Verizon strike, earning a fair and just contract for our sisters and brothers working there. PAF contributions were used to prevent the Berger Commission from closing two area hospitals staffed by CWA member’s right here in our WNY Community.
And most importantly today the PAF is being utilized in our collective effort to insure the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) remains the law of the land. Without it our job security is at severe risk, access to quality health care is at severe risk. The option to repeal and replace Obama-care (AHCA) is not an option for CWA members and their families.
The CWA Political Action Fund makes politics work for working families.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE POLITICAL ACTION FUND (PAF)?
The political action fund is strictly voluntary. Funds are utilized to administrate and facilitate our political and legislative activities.
Dollars contributed by members like you are used to:
- Pay for grassroots lobbying efforts against privatization and budget cuts, voter registration, and our election day Get Out the VOTE (GOTV) mobilization.
- Enable CWA to make valued contributions to local, state, and federal candidates who support our issues. Only by electing our candidates will success be achieved.
WHY SHOULD I CONTRIBUTE?
In our current political climate, every one of us is at risk of losing our benefits, job security and rights in the workplace. Each of you has an interest in protecting the jobs of employees. The more money you raise, the more effectively you can protect yourself and your family. The few dollars you voluntarily contribute to invest in PAF means thousands of dollars in better benefits and better working conditions for CWA members and the working class community.
WHY IS CWA INVOLVED IN POLITICS?
Indirectly, your bargaining rights, wages, benefits, and job security are all decided by elected representatives. CWA has the duty and obligation to protect the terms and conditions of your labor. In order to effectively do this, you must be involved with electing worker friendly representatives. In our current business and political climate, your involvement is vital as unionized employees are under constant attack, with our careers, our wages, health care benefits, and retirement security all a target.
Does CWA just give to DEMOCRATS?
No! Our priority is to identify and support pro CWA, pro working class candidates, who will carry our voice, and fight to move our agenda in local, state, and federal government.
Politicians are “crooked.” Why are we giving them our money?
Not all politicians are crooked, but we need to see that the ones who are do not win. One of the reasons we give money is to help pro CWA, pro worker candidates win. WHEN YOU WIN AT THE POLLS, YOU WIN AT THE BARGANING TABLE.
WHAT IS THE MONEY USED FOR?
All of the money obtained through voluntary contributions goes into CWA’s Political Action Fund Account (PAF) and is used for political activities only. This money is not part of the general treasury. The PAF monies go to political candidate contributions, voter registration efforts, education, lobbying, training, and get out the vote (GOTV) work. PAF monies are used to help introduce and pass legislation that protects CWA members, and to influence policy and budget decisions that affect your careers, your families, and your future. A portion of these monies goes to our Federal Political Action Committee (PAC) at the CWA International Office for use in US Congressional or Senate races.
WHO CAN CONTRIBUTE TO PAF?
Voluntary PAF contributions can be made by all working and retired CWA members and their families, as well as employees of CWA and their families.