Being involved in the political process ensures the growth and security of working people and their families. Political action is an opportunity for members to have hands on involvement in city and state politics. A member’s participation in designated actives can be counted toward mandatory union participation. We organize events and programs for members to speak to other members about candidates and the importance of voting. Often our involvement in key political races changes the outcome. It is crucial for members to be advocates to make union voices heard.
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Community boards are representative bodies in local communities. They are involved in land use and zoning issues; making recommendations in conjunction with city agencies to the city budget; and addressing community concerns. In New York City, there are 59 community boards comprised of 50 members. Half of the board is nominated by the district city council member. The Borough President appoints members to the community board for two year terms. To be appointed, community members must be actively involved in the community board, this can be attending meetings or joining a committee. When a community board has an opening, an application will become available on the community board website.
For more information on community boards or political action, email Katie Shane firstname.lastname@example.org.