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Talking to Union Members About Politics. Messaging a Political or Labor Issue. The Message Frame The Message’s Values The Simple Choice The Believable Message The Mental Picture. Union Members’ Views on Politics.

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Messaging a political or labor issue
Messaging a Political or Labor Issue

  • The Message Frame

  • The Message’s Values

  • The Simple Choice

  • The Believable Message

  • The Mental Picture


Union members views on politics
Union Members’ Views on Politics

  • 75 percent of union members agree that, “unions need to invest time and money in politics and legislation today to counter the influence of corporations and wealthy special interests.”

  • 70 percent of union members say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who “is supported by the AFL-CIO and national unions, and has strong pro-union positions on the issues.”

  • 86 percent of union members agree with labor’s positions on issues like the minimum wage and Medicare.


10 rules for talking to union members about politics
10 Rules for Talking to Union Members About Politics

1. Issues come first, not candidates and parties.

2. Members want information, not voting instructions.

3. Present information credibly and objectively.

4. Downplay partisan rhetoric and stress the union’s role as an independent voice for working people.

5. Unions should be watchdogs that hold politicians accountable.


10 rules for talking to union members about politics1
10 Rules for Talking to Union Members About Politics

6. Members want unions to tackle issues that affect them the most and fight for populist values.

7. Union communications should be “of, by and for” the members.

8. Education leads to persuasion and participation.

9. Members are best reached by a combination of methods.

10. Personalize the message to the particular union audience, rather than rely on “one size fits all” messages.


Developing a message for your issue
Developing A Message for Your Issue

  • The Message Frame

  • The Values in Your Message

  • The Simple Choice in a Message

  • Making a Believable Message

  • The Message’s Mental Picture


Delivering the message
Delivering the Message

  • Conversation

  • Ask and Listen

  • Agreement

  • Repeat Your Message

  • Stay On Message


Key issue talking points
Key Issue Talking Points

  • Employee Free Choice Act

  • Health Care

  • Retirement Security

  • Trade and Immigration

  • Manufacturing

  • Privatization


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