As a constituent, you will have valuable opportunities to meet with your legislators, develop a genuine rapport and communicate the critical issues facing the construction industry. Your elected officials depend on you. They need to know how proposed legislation will affect the construction industry, the district and especially your company and employees.
Remember, it’s about trust. You do not have to be a member of the same political party as your legislators or agree on every issue, but if they learn to trust and respect your views, you will become an important resource on construction and business-related issues.
Legislators want to hear from their constituents. They want to know how the policies they're shaping in Lansing (or Washington, D.C.) are affecting you. Any legislator will tell you he or she would rather hear from a constituent than anyone else. Legislators depend on ABC members like you to tell them how proposed legislation or regulations will affect the construction industry, your district and especially your company and its employees. It’s a good idea to seize any opportunity to meet with one of your legislators at town hall meetings or forums in the district, but you don’t have to wait for them to come to you.
Arrange a Meeting: Proactively organizing a personal meeting or company event is great way to become acquainted.
Before the meeting:
No matter how you choose to interact with your legislators, don’t forget to encourage them to support or cosponsor legislation that is critical to ABC.
The Merit Shop Message is a philosophy that encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation. Merit shop is not union vs. non-union. It’s simply a way of doing business, built on free enterprise.
How to talk to your employees about the Merit Shop.
ABC wants to hear from you. If you're planning a trip to Lansing or a site visit with a state legislator, feel free to contact ABC of Michigan if you would like any additional resources.
If you're planning a visit in Washington, D.C. or a site visit with federal legislators, contact ABC National Director of Grassroots Chris Carroll.