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Time to Engage
EMPLOYEES LISTEN WHEN EMPLOYERS TALK POLITICS
If you turn on the radio, read the daily
paper, or watch the nightly news, you'll
undoubtedly hear talk of next year's election
campaign. For many voters, November 2016
is light years away - there's work to be done,
problems to solve, life to live - but Congress
will be in recess soon and lawmakers will
head home - a prime time for constituents
to kick the grassroots effort into high gear.
See our infographic on
Pages 58-59 highlighting
the importance of
Grassroots advocacy - a term bandied
about frequently but rarely defined - involves
citizens raising awareness on certain issues
and taking an active approach regarding
their elected officials. Letter writing, attending town hall meetings and encouraging others to register to vote are just a few examples.
For some citizens, however, taking that first
step can be the hardest part. Unsure of where
to start, how to help, and what the issues
are, voters often need guidance.
A recent, nationwide survey of more than
1,600 registered voters found that employers
are now playing a bigger role in disseminating reliable information on issues and
elections to their employees. That's right
- employers like AGC member companies.
The survey, conducted by Moore Information
and sponsored by the Business-Industry
Political Action Committee (BIPAC), found that
employees who received information from
their employer were more inclined to head
to the polls, learn more about an issue, and
contact their legislator. In fact, 31 percent of
respondents cited their employer as the most
credible source, ranking higher than political parties, labor unions, and news/media.
"The research shows that more and
more private sector employees not only
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want information on public policy that affects
their job, company and industry," says BIPAC
President Greg Casey, "they are more engaged
citizens both before and on Election Day
Yet, an astounding 63 percent reported they
did not receive any information about politics
and public policy as it relates to workplace
issues from their employer. Here's where you, as
employers, can turn up the grassroots volume.
THIS WAY TO EMPLOYEE
There are several ways to light that political fire.
Invite employees to a company roundtable.
As the survey suggests, workers consider their
employers a trusted source for information on
candidates, elections and business issues.
What better place for voter education than the
workplace? As long as you do not specifically
endorse a candidate, there is no limit on the
amount of company resources you can use to
educate your employees in the political arena.
Host a Meet & Greet with a candidate or
current legislator. A perfect opportunity to
develop relationships and discuss issues with
current or potential policymakers, a meet &
greet also provides the candidate with a forum
to increase his or her visibility.
Invite a candidate to tour a jobsite. Onsite
visits from a candidate or legislator demonstrate firsthand how your processes relate to
legislative issues and give you the chance
to show off your company's environmental,
safety, and workplace standards.
com an AGC resource
that assists in voter
users to polling places
and educates them on
Forward AGC legislative and regulatory
action alerts. Be sure you are set to receive
AGC of America's legislative and regulatory action alerts. As notices arrive in your
inbox, consider the implications of the proposed laws or rules on your business and
employees. Then, spread the word to your
Register employees to vote. Voter registration initiatives can involve a number of
activities: generating and distributing flyers,
including registration materials in employee
packets, tweeting or posting messages on
your company's Facebook page about important voter registration dates.
Conduct a Get-Out-the-Vote drive. People
fail to vote for a lot of reasons. No matter how
well a company educates its employees, the
effort won't count if they don't vote. Remind
them about upcoming election days by setting up a call bank or hanging posters in
lunchrooms or other public areas.
takes place August
through Labor Day and
lawmakers will head to
their home districts.
Now is the time to reach
out, start building those
relationships and make
your voice heard.
Keeping employees engaged on issues
that can impact their jobs - that is, their
livelihood - will help them keep their finger
on the election pulse come Decision Day. The
dialogue between employer and employee
is not about political parties or how someone should vote. It's about engaging in the
democratic process and making a difference.
Start the conversation today.
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REBUILDING MOTOR CITY
THE REAL DETROIT
RAISING THE GRADE
FEDCON BRINGS CONTRACTORS AND AGENCY LEADERSHIP TOGETHER
2015 WILLIS CONSTRUCTION SAFETY EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS
PUTTING MOORE INTO SAFETY
THE ROAD TO SAFETY
CONSTRUCTION SAFETY APPS SAVE WORKER LIVES
DEEP SPACE FINE
TIME TO ENGAGE
COORDINATION LEADS TO TRIUMPH
AGC IN ACTION
A P3 PRIMER
MEMBER AND CHAPTER NEWS
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LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY NEWS
A LABOR OF LOVE
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