How Calls Make a Difference
CWA made thousands of calls pushing the For the People Act to the House floor.
With a new Congress, union members finally have a voice once again in D.C. Although the shutdown slowed the rollout, Democrats have made a major statement by proposing the For the People Act, a bill that would make elections fairer, expand voting rights, and a number of other things to give power back to the people.
One of the big proponents of the bill is the Communications Workers of America (CWA). Last week, on February 5th, the union held a national day of action. Members from across the country called their representatives in Congress and the Senate asking them to support the bill.
“Our activists have been out talking to other members about the For the People Act,” said Margarita Hernandez, CWA's National Legislative Field Coordinator. “Everyone gets it -- the system we have now is rigged and in order for working people to fight back we need to get big money out of politics, expand voting rights and make sure public officials are working for the public good, not to line their own pockets with corporate cash once they leave office. CWA members have made over 3,000 calls to members of Congress over the past few weeks. That's amazing, but it's not enough. Corporate lobbyists are fighting back hard to derail this. We need all of our labor family to join in to help make sure our democracy works for us.”
While the bill looks like it will pass in Congress, maybe as early as next week, it appears like it will stall in the Senate. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has called the bill a “power grab” by the Democrats.