APWU Creates ‘e-Team’
APWU Web News Article #16-06, March 20, 2006
The APWU Legislative Department is establishing an e-mail alert system that is intended to help union members react quickly to important developments. “Legislative matters can change with very little notice,” said Legislative Director Myke Reid. “And with the security measures that are in place on Capitol Hill, letters are often delayed until it is too late to affect a representative’s actions on important legislative issues.
“We are introducing the APWU e-Team, to ensure that our members’ voices are heard quickly and loudly on Capitol Hill. We are asking union members — as well as their family, friends and supporters — to join us by signing-up for the APWU e-Team.”
“But e-mail lists for organizations like ours can only be effective if local and state leaders are fully involved,” cautioned union President William Burrus. “For that reason, we are asking each state president to appoint an e-Team coordinator.”
Union members, retirees, and family members can register on the union’s Web site, www.apwu.org. When they enroll, activists will be asked to provide their e-mail address and home address. “This will enable the union to organize the list by congressional districts, which will provide an effective means of coordinating legislative activities,” Reid said. Each time a member signs-up, the information will be forwarded to the state coordinator.
Using the e-Team system, the national union will transmit legislative news, action alerts, and other relevant information. The messages may ask recipients to contact their U.S. senators and representatives on issues of importance to union members.
“APWU members who sign up for the e-Team will be reached quickly, and will be made aware of breaking news or requests for urgent action,” Reid said.
“We are attempting to build a nationwide e-mail list, and we want to enlist local and state presidents to help spread the union’s messages,” Burrus said. “The list will become an important tool for members to join the fight to protect their jobs.”
“We urge you to join the network, and suggest you encourage your co-workers to join as well. The bigger the list gets, the more effective this tool will be,” Reid said.