Leadership Matters

Every campaign should be led by a visible leadership committee made up of people who are organizing the union. The people on the organizing committee:

  • Help by being the “face and voice” of our union at work and in our community.
  • Learn how to organize and become activists and leaders in our union.

Who should be on our organizing committee?

A general rule is 1015% of the workforce. Think about a communications network and what each person would need to do to reach 10 others to get the word out.

  • People who are respected in their workplace and communities.
  • Individuals who together reflect the membership of the union we are building—age, gender, race, ethnicity, languages, shifts, work locations, departments, jobs, etc.

What does a GREAT organizing committee do?

  • Meets regularly to share information, makes decisions together and makes a plan to win;
  • Takes responsibility for talking one on one to co-workers;
  • Answers questions about the union and recognition process;
  • Gets cards and petitions signed;
  • Gets co-workers involved in meetings and events;
  • Helps map out the workplace and identify issues people care about;
  • Builds a strong communications and activist network; and
  • Helps protect against interference to our right to organize freely.

Now what?

Don’t just call a meeting. Seek out campaign leaders through one-on-one conversations where real discussions can take place. When it's time, know the tips for effective committee meetings.


PDF icon Recruit Leaders to the Organizing Committee
PDF icon Sample Agenda for a One-on-One Organizing Conversation
PDF icon Leaders That Last: Working with Committees
PDF icon Sample Committee Meeting Agenda