Labor Unions

The American labor movement is going through exciting times. It is re-energized, re-awakened, and rejuvenated.

But it faces greater challenges than it ever did before —

  • A new diversity in the workforce and in the membership, tugging at the traditional solidarity among workers;
  • An industry of "management consultants" who learn from every campaign, and use labor's own words against it the next time around;
  • Workers who are organizing who can’t believe their own employer would lie to them, and so vote "no" in the election to give their employer another chance.

Newsletters, brochures, leaflets and bargaining bulletins can help you in your struggle to forward the interests of working people. Everyone gets the same cut on the same story. They can see their names in print. And they can see the faces of the leaders who are fighting on their behalf.

Contact me today to learn more about what a communications strategy can do for your union.

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees: AFSCME Iowa members lobby legislature

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

“Almost 200 AFSCME activists converged on the state capitol in March to educate legislators about the benefits of an increased cigarette sales tax and stronger corporate accounting laws.

“First-time participants included an estimated 40 home care providers who care for the elderly and people with disabilities who would otherwise have to live in institutions. Some of those workers were accompanied by their ‘consumers’ as well.” …

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Who’s to blame for rising drug costs?

Friday, January 25th, 2008

This local’s publication has a strong “Teamster-style” voice that is in-your-face while also never talking down to its members. It includes updates on bargaining and organizing spliced with national economics and politics to illustrate the connection between bargaining power and the big picture.

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Joining by Industry Strengthens Our Bargaining

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Working with SEIU’s President Andy Stern, the president of Local 73 was about to embark on a politically risky but crucial effort to realign the union membership of multiple amalgamated locals into industry-specific locals. All public sector members would end up in one local, all industrial in another and so on. More than half of Local 73’s members would be moved to other locals. This editorial in the union’s quarterly newspaper planted the seeds of this move months before it came before the membership.

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Building a Better Health Care System At UIHC

Friday, January 25th, 2008

This union of 2,000 professionals had only 500 active members, and was entering into negotiations for its second contract. Leaders needed to remind bargaining unit members what the union had accomplished, while also admitting there was much work left to be done, and inspiring people to join.

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