How to Make Us a Stronger Union
HOW WE GET IT DONE
- Know the issues and what directly affects your young membership.
- Attend and participate in meetings.
- Connect with the USW and other young members through social media.
- Make contact with new members and offer to be their mentor.
- Encourage new members to register to vote and educate them on the issues.
- Get involved with USW education and membership development programs, and other trainings such as, Health, Safety and Environment, USPA and Women of Steel.
ACTIVISM AND INVOLVEMENT
- Partner will other locals in your area.
- Join USW activist groups like Rapid Response or Political Action.
- Connect with other community groups in your area.
- Invite new members to local and national functions like phone banks, memorials and protests.
- Organize a social event for members in your area - don't just engage with folks when you need them to do work, but build lasting relationships.
- Learn about the electoral process in your local and help identify leaders with which to engage, and if necessary, target.
- Participate in USW actions of all types - traditional on the ground as well as online - and help mobilize people to fight for a better world.
- Learn to fight smart and strategically through the Building Power and other USW programs. Then pass this knowledge on to fellow young people.
- Get involved in organizing campaigns to help grow our union and our movement.
- Get involved with Workers Uniting and other global activism to show global solidarity as well as to help us in our fight against global capital and anti-worker goverments around the world as most of our employers are multi-national corporations.
- Start a local newsletter if your local doesn’t already have one.
- Start a local Facebook group or offer to manage Twitter or other social media sites.
- Talk about the USW and Next Generation with friends and co-workers.
- Attend community events with information to distribute.
- Wear Next Generation clothing and buttons.
- Join USPA to improve skills and help our local communications networks grow.
- Be good representatives and spokespeople for the union movement to help put a fresh face with the social justice movement that often gets unfairly portrayed and sensationalized. We can do this through a variety of ways, from the media to in our churches, schools, community and other areas.