Checklist for Fighting RTW and Building Unity


  • A member of the e-board is assigned to stay on top of membership and coordinate with stewards and other union leaders to conduct outreach to non- members and new employees.
  • You have an updated roster of workers and are prepared to track membership status and contact information.
  • Membership reports are made at local union meetings.
  • The local constitution includes language around length of time you must be a member to run for office, vote in elections or on the contract.
  • You have membership cards for sign up and other materials ready for distribution to new members.
  • You have information on the history of the local and your achievements to share.
  • Materials are translated into all spoken languages.


  • Your contract has language that allows for union access to new employee orientations.
  • Leaders are prepared to speak at those orientations.
  • A standard introduction to the union is ready for presentation.
  • The local has copies of membership cards, the local constitution and contracts for distribution.
  • A follow up plan to collect membership cards in place.
  • Stewards are informed of and prepared to greet new hires.


  • Non members are asked to join and given membership cards on a regular basis.
  • Organizing around grievances and the contract always includes membership recruitment.
  • The local regularly publicizes grievances you’ve won and improvements achieved. These victories are possible because of union members.
  • The local has a culture of no-freeloading.

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