Anthony has worked as a cleaner at City Hall in Philadelphia for 17 years and been a union member for just as long. Anthony has been a union shop steward, a member political organizer and he is active in local Philly politics.
We need to elect politicians who will stand by us in the union and in our communities and who will support us in a contract fight. Politics is not just something that goes on outside the union. Our political work has an impact on us in the workplace so it’s something we need to do in the union too. This year we got the President re-elected and in Pennsylvania we got Democratic Senator Bob Casey re-elected and we elected our first female attorney general, Democrat Kathleen Kane.
Anthony says winning on Election Day is not the end of the story.
We have to get even more involved and do more to educate members and recruit them for political action. Elected officials need to know that we are going to make sure they do what they promised us they’d do. We’re not settling– we’ll make sure they support workers and the union.
So how did Anthony recruit so many people to give?
Some people need to talk a few times for it to sink in that it’s important to contribute so that we support good candidates. I explained that sometimes we have to go to politicians to ask them to get our backs so it’s important we support the ones that we know will be there for us.