Every day, lobbyists representing big business interests are at the General Assembly to influence the budget-writing and law-making process.
But who’s representing your interests?
That’s why each year, union members travel to the capital to join our Lobby Team and become “Lobbyists for a Day.” These brave members volunteer to be the voice of all working people across the state.
This past week, four union members from across the Commonwealth participated in the Lobbyist-for-a-Day program: Tammie Wondong, a Fairfax County employee from Prince William; Florine Wheeler, a home care provider from Petersburg; and Mary and Amy McFarland, a home care provider and consumer from Winchester.
All four members met with their legislators — elected officials from both parties — and advocated for bills and laws that would benefit Virginia working families.
“I wanted a chance to tell my story and meet with my Senator and Delegate,” said Wheeler. “I wanted to let them know the issues that I care about, such as Medicaid Expansion, which would give 400,000 people health care.”
“I really enjoyed my day at the General Assembly. I got to meet with Senator Marsh, and I presented him with postcards [that I collected from the community] supporting Medicaid Expansion.”