How and Why

Did you know that unionized workers make an average of 26% more than non-unionized workers?

Have you felt bringing your co-workers together at your workplace and bargaining collectively for pay, benefits, and hours would be more successful than “going it alone?”

 

WHY ORGANIZE?

  • Do you want management to listen to your concerns?
  • Do you want to protect and improve your wages and benefits?
  • Do you want to ensure you are treated fairly?
  • Do you want to make your company a better place to work?
  • Have you been issued a furlough?
  • Have your benefits been reduced or cut?
  • Have your hours been cut?
  • Have you worked unpaid over-time?
  • What a union can do:

  • Provide employees a voice in their working conditions.
  • Negotiate enforceable rights, wages and benefits in a written contract.
  • Union organizing is hard work. But you can do it! It requires lots of one-on-one contact with your coworkers. It requires involvement and participation. When successful, organizing can be one of the most emotionally rewarding events you will experience.

    How to start organizing:

    1. Talk to co-workers you trust and determine who is interested in forming a union.
    2. Determine how many people work for your employer by department and type of job.
    3. Determine who the supervisors are.
    4. Do NOT send out leaflets or call a meeting! Once management gets wind of interest in a union they will launch a union avoidance campaign.

    5. Contact Shannon Duffy of The Newspaper Guild at 314-241-7046 or email himfrom your personal email at: sduffy@unitedmediaguild.orgor contact Mary Casey at:mcasey@unitedmediaguild.org.

    Thanks to the TNG-International Union for the basis of this information.