IF YOU ARE A VIRGINIA BEACH RESIDENT, PLEASE HELP.


We need you to send an email to your specific city councilperson asking them to support collective bargaining for city employees. Because of the new district system, where only residents of the district vote for that specific city councilperson, it is VERY important that city council members hear from their constituents on issues. Mass emails from people who don’t live within the district or maybe not even the city are not effective. Below, you will see ’email rules’ as well as a template to help you write your email. 

EMAIL RULES
-Use a personal email address, not your city email.
-If you do not use our template, be polite.
-You must let them know you live in their specific district for the email to be effective
-Please sign your email with your name and address.
-Please have your spouse or other family/friends send similar emails. Every little bit helps. 
-Please let us know you sent an email, so we don’t bother you to follow up. 
-Please send these as soon as is convenient. 

Look up your City Council District HERE

District 1 – Dave Hutcheson – dhutcheson@vbgov.com

District 2 – Barbara Henley – bhenley@vbgov.com

District 3 – Michael Berlucchi – mberlucc@vbgov.com

District 4 – Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond – arosshammond@vbgov.com

District 5 (Vice Mayor) – Rosemary Wilson – rcwilson@vbgov.com

District 6 – Worth Remick – wremick@vbgov.com

District 7 – Sabrina Wooten – swooten@vbgov.com

District 8 – Chris Taylor – chtaylor@vbgov.com

District 9 – Joash Schulman – jschulman@vbgov.com

District 10 – Jennifer Rouse – jvrouse@vbgov.com

EMAIL TEMPLATE EXAMPLE

Subject: Please Support Collective Bargaining for City Employees

Dear Council member,

My name is (INSERT NAME), I reside in your district, and I vote. Please support collective bargaining for city employees because (INSERT A COUPLE OF THE TALKING POINTS BELOW, not all of them)

·        Collective bargaining is an internationally recognized human right.

·        Collective bargaining provides a framework for employee/employer collaboration and cooperation. Through collaboration and mutual respect, employers and employees can develop a collective bargaining agreement that is reflective of the shared value of the community and delivering high-quality services to the citizens.

·        When city employees have a voice to formally discuss working conditions it means a safer city with more efficient services.

·        A 2022 report from the US Department of Labor identified unionized workplaces as having “less traumatic injuries and fatalities”, “better health and safety practices”, and “lower COVID-19 infection rates.”

·        A study in the American Journal of Public Health identified that “collective bargaining contracts promote public health.

·        Authorizing collective bargaining is necessary for recruitment and retention of quality employees in this labor market. Other localities have made far bigger strides in working with their employees, we should do the same.

·        A Cornell University study of public sector collective bargaining found that “cooperation results in improvements in both the delivery of public services and the quality of work life.”

·        Collective bargaining means better safety and health for our workforce, especially public safety, which means better safety for our residents.

·        Workplaces that have collective bargaining have a more engaged workforce with higher job satisfaction, in public safety, this means a safer city.

·        Collective bargaining offers a process that helps people. It means more consistency to both residents and employees, no matter who is in charge.

·        A 2021 academic study found that states with expanded collective bargaining rights for firefighters had fewer firefighter fatalities.

·        Collective bargaining defines a process, it does not mandate an outcome. The City Council still has the authority to set the budget and refuse any fiscal terms that result from bargaining.

It is important that we keep moving our city forward and I urge you to vote in favor of collective bargaining for city employees. The alternative, “Meet and Confer”, is not meaningful for our city workers and is anti-employee.

Thank you.

Sincerely, 
NAME 
ADDRESS

Your email should look something like this below:

Dear Councilwoman Henley, 

My name is Patricia Thebert, I reside in your district, and I vote. Please support collective bargaining for city employees because when city employees have a voice to formally discuss working conditions it means a safer city with more efficient services. A 2022 report from the US Department of Labor identified unionized workplaces as having “less traumatic injuries and fatalities” and “better health and safety practices.” This is especially important for our Labor / Trades, Professional and Technical workers. 

It is important that we keep moving our city forward and I urge you to vote in favor of collective bargaining for city employees. The alternative, “Meet and Confer”, is not meaningful for our city workers and is anti-employee.

Thank you.

Sincerely, 
Patricia Thebert

200 Dam Neck Rd. 
Virginia Beach, VA 23456