Research

Before starting a campaign, learn more about what will impact you and your team's ability to successfully organize a union. For example, what do we know about:

  • The employer and the industry?
  • The workplace and how work and jobs are organized?
  • Our community and connections with the employer and people who work there?
  • People in the area and whether or not they have organized a union?
  • What people think about their jobs, community and opportunities in their life?
  • The process for us to win recognition for our union?
  • Whether or not we are going to petition for an election?
  • The opposition we may face?
  • How to gain the support of other community members for our efforts?

FIGURE OUT WHO'S WHO

When it comes to the workplace and the people involved, mapping or charting is a good tool to figure out how everything and everybody fits together.

KNOW THE RULES OF THE GAME

Labor laws cover our rights to organize a union and the hoops we will have to jump through. Learn the legal stuff.

RESOURCES

PDF iconBefore You Start a Campaign, Questions to Ask PDF icon(Spanish version)
PDF iconWho Cares? Stakeholders in Organizations PDF icon(Spanish version)
PDF iconBasics About Bargaining Units  PDF icon(Spanish version)

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