Our Political Action Committee was started in 1989 by a forward thinking Business Manager and Executive Board. They recognized that many of the decisions that affect wages, hours and working conditions are made in the political arena and that the only way we could increase our influence in this arena was to become more politically active.
The goals of our PAC have not changed since it’s inception. They are to inform and motivate our members, influence our elected representatives, raise money to reward our friends and punish our enemies, and to influence legislation.
All PAC funds are raised through voluntary contributions. In some cases payroll deduction is provided by the employer and in others it is provided through a Credit Union. The suggested contribution for members using payroll deduction has always been a nickel an hour but one time contributions can be made where the member does not want to use payroll deduction or where none is available.
It is important to remember that there is only one PAC at Local 77, but there are many different PAC units. The money that is collected for PAC is deposited in a single account in the bank but a separate accounting is done for each unit. A statement is prepared quarterly and presented at the PAC Central meetings. This statement shows receipts and disbursements for each unit along with a list of checks that were written and to whom.
One of the most frequently asked questions about PAC is, “Who has control of the money?” YOU DO! Or, you have as much control as you want to exercise. Ask your PAC Chair, Unit Chair, Shop Steward or Business Representative and they can explain how you can become more involved.
President Rick Johnson and Business Manager Lou Walter with candidate for Washington State Lieutenant Governor Karen Fraser. Local 77 has endorsed Ms. Fraser and PAC contributed to her campaign.
Business Manager Lou Walter presents a PAC check to Washington State Speaker of the House Frank Chopp. The contribution to the Truman Fund will support efforts to expand the majority in the State House of Representatives.
Local 77 Delegates at the 2016 Idaho AFL-CIO Convention
Lou Walter, Barb Harris, Shaunie Wheeler, Rick Johnson, Austin Nagle, and Kyle Beierle
9th District, International Representative Rick Hite and Business Manager Louis R. Walter strongly believe that political action participation helps build union strength and solidarity.
As your union’s Governmental Affairs Advisor, I will attend as many Unit Meetings as possible before the end of the year to engage and activate our membership; allowing them to participate in the political action process. We have lots of work to do and I need the help of you, our Brothers and Sisters.
It is extremely possible to expand our Political Action Committee (PAC). Who would have thought that Brother Bernie Boucher, from Pacific County PUD, would be able to sign up 40 members to contribute to PAC in 1 day? Well, he did. So can you!
I will hopefully see you at your next Unit Meeting.
Bob Guenther, Governmental Affairs Advisor
President Barack Obama & President Rick Johnson
PAC Member Dave Patrick, Vice President Walt Aho & Senator Maria Cantwell
PAC Member Dave Patrick, Brother Chris Reed & Senator Patty Murray
Sister Nichole Reedy & Frank Chopp
Dusty Hoerler & Brother Tom Caddy
Kathleen Drew & Treasurer Lynne Moore
Vice President Walt Aho & Jeff Johnson
Jay Inslee & President Rick Johnson
President Barack Obama, Senator Patty Murray & Business Manager Don Guillot
President Rick Johnson, Vice President Walt Aho & Mark Miloscia
Sister Gina Beecher, Andy Billig and Assistant Business Manager Suzanne Brunner
Assistant Business Manager Suzanne Brunner, Timm Ormsby and Sister Gina Beecher
Suzan DelBene and Sister Jackie Rae
IBEW Local 77 PAC Member Jackie Rae gives a donation to Democratic Candidate Mike Wilson. Mike Wilson is running for State Representative in the 44th Legislative District.