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Public Employees: Do you think it is important for public employees to contact their elected officials about funding for public services? Why or why not?

Comments: 96

It is very important for public employees to contact their elected officials about funding for public services. We, the public, are the ones affected by the actions taken by these officials. We need to voice not only our appreciation but also our concerns. How else will they really know the outcome of their actions?

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Thomas Porfirio
PEF
Schoharie, NY

We need to contact our officals because we need the funding.

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Michael Elam
AFT6049
TULSA, OK

Yes, I do. I feel that our elected officials should know how we feel about funding for public services. Some of these services impact our everyday life and as a public employee it could also impact my job.

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Arlene Bey
AFT Local 3
PHILADELPHIA, PA

Yes. It is importatnt so as to demonstrate solidarity with the union/representative organization.

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Ardel Nelson
Sacramento
Sacramento, CA

Yes. I always encourage people to meet with their elected officials on issues that are of concern to them. Their goal is to meet the needs of their constituents.

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Carol Ruiz
UFT
Staten Island, NY

I strongly believe that it is very important for public employees to contact their elected officials. If we do not let them know how hard it is to provide good services with limited budgets, they will not do anything to protect our funding. Officials elected forget about people's needs, and they need to be aware that voters are paying attention to what they are doing.

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Williams Santos
UFT
New York, NY

Yes. We need to tell our side as others do.

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mike zidek
APEA/AFT 4900
ANCH., AK

Yes, I think we should as it helps protect our jobs and benefits--and motivates public officials to support us.

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Benjamin Gamoran
NYSPEF
Spring Valley, NY

As public servants we have a duty to the taxpayers to provide them with the maximum bang for the buck. If management has no idea how to do this, then we as union members need to contact our elected officials and make our voices heard! Paying mileage for Training and Meetings outside of the local offices is crazy and wasteful in this time of high technology. Mileage and or car rentals is extremely wasteful! It needs to stop. Too many chiefs and not enough indians also makes no sense but is very common throught the state.

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Lisa Lindsey
PEF
Syracuse, NY

Public employees must first vote out the incumbent politicians--then contact the newly elected politicians to voice concerns about current and planned funding. Our reprsentaives must learn to live within reasonable budgets that include reasonable public funding as an integral part.

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C Moeske
PEF
Castleton, NY

As taxpayers, public employees need to keep in touch with their representatives on all such matters.

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Rose Rossi-Williams
PEF
Rochester, NY

Yes, it is important for public employees to contact their elected officials. Elected officials might not know the details and if they know the details elected officals will be better equipped to speak to the issues that affect public employees and the vital services provided to taxpayers. I am a registered professional nurse for the state of New York.

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Diane Zemla
PEF DIVISION 283
Rochester, NY

Yes, since they worry most about getting re-elected, and when they hear on a certain subject, it becomes apparent that's what the publio wants. Very few of them send out surveys.

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mary ruberti
PEF
voorheesville, NY

As a retired public servant, I believe that in these troubling times, it is imperitive to keep a communication line open to our elected officials . Why? Because if we do not, we will be the first targets of the cutting process the private sector so enjoys taking shots at to save money. And we know, as public servants, that it is not the employees that cost the taxpayers, it is the waste and use of consultants that is the big dollar drain.

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Theodore Ricciardelli
PEF
Lexington, SC

I think it is very important. We need to contact our represtentatives because we are citizens.

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Gerald Bennett
Camp Hill, PA

I do think it is important for public employees to contact their elected officials about funding for public services and more. We are their constituents and their job is to listen to us and get our votes. Maybe it's just a numbers game, but we should play it.

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Corrine Fortune
PSA
Providence, RI

It is very important that we contact our elected officials and let them know about the services that we provide every day.

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scott chapman
su 4900
wasilla, AK

Yes, I believe it is important for public employees to contact their elected officials about funding policies for public services because we have a vested interest in voicing our opinions about policies/legislation that may directly effect us.

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David Close
Sayville, NY

Absolutely! Public employees are in the best position to know where and when public services are working efficiently or inefficiently; where public money is being wasted. Besides, public employees also pay taxes and have as much right as anyone else to submit their views to their elected representatives. Only by letting elected officials know that they are being watched by people who will take the elected official's conduct into consideration on election day, can there be any hope for better government.

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Hiram Eberlein
PEF 4053
Guilderland, NY

I think it is very important to contact elected officials. I feel that the New Yor State Legislature needs to know they need to provide adequate funding so we can do our jobs. We are constantly reading in the newspaper and online about how unions are the reason the state is in such a fiscal mess, then we read about how we aren't doing our job of keeping up our highways and bridges. In actuality, it is the Legislature and Governor that are hindering us from doing what we do best, but it is easier for the "taxpayers" to blame union workers rather than blame the lying state representives they elected on false promises.

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Russ Currier
PEF #247
Gouverneur, NY

I believe all constituents should contact their elected officials about funding for public services! I also believe that all constituents should contact these same officials and encourage them to develop programs that finally control the fraud that is destroying the public services efforts!

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Margaret McLaughlin
PEF
Eden, NY

I feel it is important for public employees to share their working knowledge of their particular organization and communicate their comments with elected officals so the officals will be well informed--whether a change will help or hinder the organization. There is so much abuse [among] claimants in the unemployment department [that] had the officals taken the time to talk to the workers, the representatives would know how to combat these abuses, save money and insure that the money goes to the people who truly are in need.

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emma burns
pef
lynbrook, NY

I absolutely do. Leaders are paid to be advocates for their members. Elected officials know that and take their lobbying with a grain of salt. When public employees & union members contact their elected officials it sends a different message. It tells them that people care enough about an issue to reach out, even if it's an inconvenience. People need to stop being passive bystanders with regard to their fate and future as employees. If they aren't willing to speak up for themselves then why would an elected official stick their neck out for them?!

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Meghan A
Latham, NY

Yes. Elected officials are supposed to represent the people. They need to know what the people want and, hopefully, they will vote for the people.

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Joanne Clark
4053
Hornell, NY

I do feel it is important for public employees to contact their elected officials about funding public services. Reason: Who better understands the impact such funding has on the lives of the citizens of a state than its employees.

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Robert P. Bowles
PEF, Local 4053
New York, NY

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