Politics & Policy


We are committed to supporting candidates and initiatives that represent dedication to working families and our communities. We encourage you to vote along our endorsements and volunteer with us to get out the vote.

You may know the legendary quote by Samuel Gompers, more than a century ago:

What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures.

Our Labor Council’s political program seeks to create opportunities for working people by serving as a voice for workers in all industries, and electing members of local and regional policymaking bodies who are committed to rebuilding our middle class.

Voter registration

In partnership with community allies, and using California’s new voter registration opportunities, our Labor Council will kick off a voter registration drive in communities across the county. To volunteer, contact the Labor Council.

Candidate education

We host informational and training events for local candidates before election season. Contact the Labor Council for more information. Local candidates will find important policy analysis on the websites of our state (California Labor Federation) and federal (AFL-CIO) chartering organizations.


Under national bylaws, candidates must achieve a 2/3 supermajority for endorsement. Interviews are scheduled as the election season begins. Candidates can expect to complete a detailed questionnaire reflecting the activities and policy contexts of more than 50 affiliated unions and 80,000 represented members. The Delegate Meeting and Executive Board finalize endorsements, and staff completes strategic campaign plans.

Political activity

Volunteers educate and inform other members door-to-door and via predictive dialing equipment. While the Labor Council and affiliated unions maintain significant political action committees, our priority is volunteer recruitment and development to build a strong Labor base vote. In the off-year 2015 cycle, we worked several thousand volunteer shifts, training new leaders on computerized targeting and communications technology, as well as completing thousands on contacts via old-fashioned shoe leather.

Where to begin?

If you plan to run for office in Contra Costa County, we encourage you to carefully research the office, incumbent(s), filing and disclosure requirements. Contact the Labor Council early in the cycle for calendar information and advice about reaching out to member unions in your jurisdiction. Thank you for stepping forward to serve your community!

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