Along with direct action, the union’s most essential means of impacting conditions in the political realm is through our Voluntary Community Action Program (V-CAP).
V-CAP is the UAW’s political action fund made up of voluntary contributions from UAW members. The money is used to support pro-worker political candidates who have earned the endorsement of the UAW Community Action Program (CAP).
You can review the candidates and propositions UAW 5810 most recently supported by clicking here for our Science Slate for the 2016 election in which the majority of our endorsed candidates and propositions were successful in their campaigns.
V-CAP is an essential means of making sure Postdoc voices are heard on issues like Science Funding and Immigration Reform. If you are interested in signing up for V-CAP, please print and fill out this VCAP form and contact the union at firstname.lastname@example.org so that a union representative or activist can pick it up.
See below for more information and Frequently Asked Questions on V-CAP:
WHY SHOULD I GIVE TO V-CAP?
Being public employees who are funded primarily through federal grants and fellowships, the political balance of power has a dramatic impact on Postdocs. Science funding, immigration policy, paid family leave, pay equality, and much more are all influenced by US politics. Beyond that, issues like medicare privatization and climate change threaten our future.
Now more than ever it is essential for us to make our voices heard in local, state and national politics. This includes working to elect Pro-Science, Pro-Immigrant Rights, Pro-Gender Equity, and Pro-Labor candidates. Two of the most effective ways individuals can help accomplish this are by volunteering time and by contributing to V-CAP.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO V-CAP?
By Federal Law, in order to contribute to V-CAP through UAW 5810 you must be eligible to vote in the US.
If you are not eligible to vote, there are still many other ways how you can help make a difference. Many international Postdocs have helped build our political power by canvassing for elections, phone banking, or circulating petitions. Email us to learn how you can help!
HOW DOES UAW DECIDE WHICH CANDIDATES TO ENDORSE?
UAW endorsements are made democratically with input from hundreds of different UAW Locals, including UAW 5810. Candidates are vetted based on their voting records and/or positions on issues that directly affect UAW members, their families, and their communities. You can see UAW endorsements for 2016 here.
If you have thoughts about who should or shouldn’t be endorsed, or any other issues, please contact us!
DOES THE UAW ENDORSE ONLY DEMOCRATS?
No. Endorsements are based on the candidate’s record and positions on issues, not their party.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I CONTRIBUTE TO UAW V-CAP?
That’s entirely up to you. Many contributors to UAW V-CAP give $10.00 each month. That works out to less than 33 cents a day. Of course, you can choose to contribute more or less, depending on your circumstances.
OUR V-CAP DOLLARS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The political power of the UAW has already brought about dramatic, positive changes for Postdocs at UC and beyond. To continue that record of success, and to protect the gains we and the larger labor movement have already made, we need to continue to grow our political influence. Contributing to V-CAP strengthens our ability to fight for our collective values.