For Carlene VanDyke, contributing to AFSCME’s political action committee, PEOPLE, was a no-brainer.
“When I started my career with the state, I was a clerical worker and a single mom,” said VanDyke. “But I still gave $50 a month to AFSCME’s political action committee PEOPLE, because I knew that electing pro-worker candidates to office is the only way to guarantee that my voice is heard in the state capitol and beyond.”
If you work for the state, lawmakers have a say in your wages, job safety and much more. That’s why electing pro-worker allies is so important. This year, AFSCME members contributed and asked other members to contribute to PEOPLE, which is sure to give us the fuel we need to put pro-worker allies in office.
VanDyke recognized outstanding contributors to the PEOPLE program on Friday, the last day of the 45th AFSCME International Convention.
The affiliates that raised most money and won the 2022 PEOPLE Together Awards were:
- Illinois Council 31
- Pennsylvania Council 13
- CSEA (New York)
- UNAC/UHCP (California)
- New York District Council 37
- Minnesota Council 5
- UDW (California)
- California Local 3299
- OCSEA (Ohio)
- Oregon Council 75
- AFSCME Retirees chapters that raised the most money and won the 2022 PEOPLE Together Awards:
- CSEA Chapter 1000 (New York)
- New York City Retirees Association DC 37 Chapter
- Illinois Chapter 31
- HGEA Chapter 152 (Hawaii)
- Washington Chapter 10
- Michigan Chapter 255
- Ohio Chapter 1184
- California Chapter 36
- Pennsylvania Chapter 13
- Texas Chapter 12
Awards were also given out to the winners of the All Together 5K Philly Fun Run.
Denali Bruins of Montana Retiree Chapter 9 and Donna Smith from UNAC Retirees raised the most money at $2,568 and from the most people – 134.
In the second place for most contributors, at 125, is Wanda Williams from DC 37. In second for total amount raised, with $2,000, was Kathryn Lybarger of California Local 3299.
Congratulations go to all our winners!