Our daily lives are greatly impacted by the people we elect locally and statewide in Connecticut. They create the budgets that determine how well our services are funded, and write the laws and regulations that govern our communities.
We need more locally elected officials in Connecticut who will fight for us. We need more who will vote for policies and help us win contracts that will lift our low wage Black, Brown, API, indigenous and white working-class communities above the ruins of poverty with an urgency of justice.
As an SEIU voter and volunteer you can help to make this happen! Volunteer now to help build union power and bring change to our communities!
Below Are Frequently Asked Questions About Volunteering to do Political Work:
Q: Who does SEIU do volunteer political work for?
A: SEIU members volunteer to help our endorsed candidates (LINK NEEDED) get elected to office by calling or door knocking our fellow SEIU sisters and brothers to educate and inform them about our endorsed candidates. The only way to make sure our endorsed candidates get elected is to organize and build power together by making sure we talk to as many people as possible about how our champions will work with us at the Capitol.
Q: How are candidates for office endorsed?
A. Candidates know that an SEIU endorsement matters because of the power we bring with us to our political work. To get an endorsement, they first must ask for one. Once they request an endorsement, they go through a rigorous process that includes a questionnaire, an interview with rank and file membership, and a review of their positions on the issues that matter to us. If members decide that they want to support a candidate, they can vote to recommend an endorsement. That recommendation then goes to the Executive Board for final approval, and then the hard work that goes into electing a champion gets started.
Q: What does political work consist of?
A. SEIU members organize our members and the public on behalf of our candidates in the form of political phone banking and canvassing. These are wonderful events where SEIU members can meet other union members to discuss the importance of voting in this year’s elections and build power together to get our candidate into the office they are running for. We also have political work shifts on election day to help with anything from giving rides to voters to poll standing.