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    Local 82161

The Industrial Division of the Communications Workers of America


Representing General Electric  Workers Since 1957


Political Action

    One of our duties as a member to our Local and as a citizen of the United States is to monitor legislation that affect us and us as a worker, not only as a resident in our State, but as a working American. We, as a union member are also affiliated with the Virginia AFL-CIO, an organization that  monitors legislation that affects the working people in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Together, we know what legislation is introduced and passed that negatively affects us, and together we can be a force to relish the betterment and to defeat the harmful.

        As you know, political candidates allow corporations to get so caught up in making money for themselves overseas, they forget about promoting the general welfare of the citizens of the United States, and they themselves forget what our forefathers meant when they wrote the laws of our Country that states we are to promote general welfare of ourselves Constitution of the United States. Unfortunately, the welfare promoted is only for the ones who participate and are standing up to be counted, not just by involvement, but involvement with money, therefore, we must monitor the decisions and legislation passed by our representatives to make sure we are not overlooked or even hurt by these laws.  "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America".

        Yes, many citizens and workers today in the United States feel overlooked and with good reason. Our good paying jobs have been shipped to other countries and when for example a Virginia legislative representative who supports this (and it has happened so much it is given a name "globalization") was asked "what about the jobs and opportunity being shipped overseas to other countries?", his reply was "what about the people in the other country?", our reply back was "who do you represent, them or us?". 

        As many are aware, we are the working citizens of our country that have been overlooked and we know why because of the mindset of our representatives People are wanting to know what they can do to help our working obtain good health care and pensions that bring the American Dream before our departure from earth. Our good jobs with pay have been outsourced to other countries, and when we oppose outsourcing of our jobs to other countries, stand-up to this we are told that we are being inconsiderate to the people in other countries, but what about our kids? 

        Some of the biggest questions we hear is "How can we stop this?", "What is it I can do to help?"










For years, the labor movement has been a major factor in shaping America's society.  When you become a union member, and participate in all the things the union promotes, you become part of an establishment that entails more than just you and your workplace, you become part of what truly makes a difference, a better standard of living for all working Americans.