Candidate Statements for Elections in Progress
According to the Election Committee's bylaws, candidates may submit a candidate statement to express their reasons for running. Candidate statements for current elections are provided below:
Vice-President for Membership
Amber Lopez Roberts
Good Day –
My name is Amber Lopez Roberts, and I am a candidate for the position of Vice President for Membership in the GAO Employees Organization (GEO).
I have a breadth of prior experience on the GEO ranging from assisting with the initial formation of GEO as a PDP in 2007, participating on and helping lead the Membership Committee until 2012, and acting as the Atlanta delegate between 2013 and 2015. During my time on the Membership Committee, I coordinated and supported the development and distribution of campaign materials, planned and engaged in membership campaigns, and sought to improve communication and outreach with Bargaining Unit and Member staff at GAO.
I operate under a personal and professional ethos based on communication, collaboration, and seeking the best options to serve the broader community as a whole. GEO was formed to ensure our voices were heard, and through that formation we discovered that we were stronger together. If elected as the Vice President of Membership, I plan to explore ways to continue strengthening GEO through new and continued engagement with both Members and Bargaining Unit staff. This will include identifying best practices used by other federal government union entities in encouraging membership and engagement as well as developing and refining tools for delegates to empower them to communicate early and often with their members and staff.
If you would like more information on my prior union experiences, my time here at GAO, or anything else, feel free to drop by, email, or call.
I am here for you.
After serving on the GAO Employees Organization Assembly, the Bargaining Committee, and representing Local 1921 as an elected delegate at the IFPTE Constitutional Convention, I’ve seen that the strength of a union is its people. And it’s time to increase our strength by adding to our numbers.
As Vice President for Membership, I’d focus on implementing an ongoing colleague-to-colleague membership campaign in both HQ and the field, as research shows there’s no better way to organize than a conversation. I’d also like to improve communication between the union and the bargaining unit; engage current members in volunteer opportunities; and support negotiations by soliciting feedback from you (the true experts on GAO!) in a more systematic fashion. And because no single person can do this all, we need to re-institute our Membership Committee and make union/employee engagement a group effort.
The timing couldn’t be better: support for unions is polling at a fifteen-year high, and is especially strong among millennials, women and college-educated professionals. This means many of our colleagues are supportive of our union—they just haven’t yet been asked to join. With your assistance, I’d like to change that. Thank you for your consideration.