Unions and Unity
HOW DO YOU RATE AS A UNION MEMBER?
How many of these questions can you answer yes?
- Attend your union meetings regularly?
- Always pay your union dues on time or in advance?
- Participate in union sponsored functions?
- Volunteer to be on a committee?
- Support your elected officials – be a team player!
- Keep informed on union issues?
- Register to vote - vote every election?
- Educate yourself on local and state political issues?
- Join your local's political action committee?
- Walk precincts; staff phone banks; help id register new voters?
- Attend local city and county council meetings?
- Question a political candidate's stand on labor issues?
- Support your local's organizing program?
- Attend a C.O.M.E.T. class?
- Encourage a fellow member to attend C.O.M.E.T.?
- Educate the unrepresented worker on benefits of Membership in a union?
- Make iron workers a positive presence by being a role model in your community?
- Take labor studies courses?
- Take journeyman retraining classes?
- Are you as skilled and productive at work as you could be?
How do you rank as a Union Member?
1-5 - poor
6-10 - needs improvement
11-15 - a good member
16-20 - leadership material
You must do more than just pay dues to be a good union member. For the Labor Movement to survive and prosper, we need to have all our members educated, active and committed.
If you do not rank in the 11-15 category you are not doing your fair share to keep the Iron Workers strong. Every member should strive to reach the 16-20 category, especially if they are considering running for Local Union office.
YOUR UNION IS ONLY AS STRONG AS THE WEAKEST MEMBER
BE POSITIVE! BE COMMITTED! BE ACTIVE!