The first step is to contact the office of your Representative. When you request a meeting with a lawmaker be prepared to state:
You may be asked to submit the request in writing. If so, you can adapt the Sample Letter below.
It may not be possible to meet personally with your lawmaker. If they are not available, you will want to meet with their staff. Staff advise lawmakers on what legislation they should support or oppose. Staff can and are very influential. They are key to accomplishing our legislative agenda.
If possible, the picture needs to be taken at end of meeting
Name of Scheduler
Scheduler, Representative ___________
Local Representative Office Street Address
City, State, Zipcode
On behalf of the _____ employees represented by Local X, of the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, I would like to schedule a meeting with Representative (or Senator) _______. Our members work at the ___________ (fill in your agency and location). As taxpayers, workers and constituents of Representative (or Senator) _____ we would like to meet to discuss the need to avoid a political shutdown of the government and the need to stop Sequestration.
Given the urgency of the situation, we would appreciate the opportunity to meet with Representative (or Senator) _______, as soon as possible. I can be reached at (XXX) XXX-XXXX to arrange the time.
President, Local # AFGE
(NOTE: The letter should be sent on your Local’s letterhead)
Happens after visit (in hallway or outside building).
Leader reminds the team to:
IMPORTANT: This information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time or sent to others using government equipment, because it suggests action to be taken in support of or against legislation. Do not use your government email address or government phone in contacting your Member of Congress.