Tip Sheet for Congressional Visits
Review our position paper.
Be on time.
When the meeting begins hand our position paper to the rep or aid.
Speak quickly, but understandably, and in sound bites.
Focus first on the most relevant issue for this representative. For instance, focus on our concerns regarding funding the national call center and other restructuring initiatives if you are meeting with someone from appropriations. If you’re meeting with someone on the judiciary, focus on how cutting out the federal sector hearings process will glut the federal court system.
No matter who you are meeting with emphasize the need for Congressional oversight.
Also, mention that the House Appropriations report, House Rpt.108‑221, directed the EEOC to “continue to submit quarterly reports on projected and actual spending and staffing levels during fiscal year 2004.” The Commission has not cooperated in disclosing these reports to the Union. Ask if they can assist us in getting those reports or can offer any advice on obtaining the reports, so that we can be informed on issues that affect the working conditions of the bargaining unit.
Make sure to get a card from the aid you speak with or who is present during a meeting with the actual rep. This will be useful for following up during the year. Please pass all the contact information on the card to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring a camera. Take a picture if you get to meet with the actual Representative or Senator. E-mail Michael.Davidson@eeoc.gov if you score a pic. He might want to put it in the newsletter.