Essential to Local 6000’s purpose is to afford the opportunity for state employees to master their work environment; to achieve not only improvement in their economic status but, of equal importance, to gain from their labors a greater measure of dignity, self-fulfillment, and self worth. State employees must also participate meaningfully in political and legislative action because government impacts importantly on their lives and on their communities. If government is to be the means by which people achieve a humanitarian and equitable society, it must be a responsible and accountable government. Therefore, Local 6000 has the duty and responsibility to promote real and meaningful participatory democracy through its members and their families, so that free people and their institutions may be heard in the council of government and so that officeholders are guided by principle alone. To achieve these objectives:
• The State of Michigan must accept union organization and collective bargaining as an essential and constructive force in our democratic society; • State employees must be provided a meaningful voice in maintaining a safe and healthful workplace with decent working conditions, and must enjoy secured rights, together with a satisfactory standard of living and maximum job security;
• State employees must have a voice in their own destiny and the right to participate in making decisions that affect their lives before such decisions are made;
• Local 6000 must play an active role at all levels of government to protect the lives and rights of its members and their families. We must work constantly on the political and legislative problems facing the whole society;
• Local 6000 members must take seriously their responsibilities as citizens and work, through their union and individually, to realize the goals of participatory democracy and responsible and accountable government.