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“Everything you read in newspapers is absolutely true, except for that rare story of which you happen to have first-hand knowledge”  Erwin Knoll

Help Wanted

 Editor needed for newsletter.
Must have good organizational skills
and the ability to direct others.
Experience and computer skills
preferred but not required.
Applicants should send their
resume' to the union office
or call the president.

Why Have A Union Newsletter?

Because we are a member-run union, in order to make our union function successfully, we must do everything we can to communicate regularly with our members and keep everyone informed, and hopefully more involved. We realize that in order for members to participate in our union functions, they must know when they are and what’s going on.

The best way to communicate is always face-to-face, so that people can get their questions answered and our union officers know that their message is being heard and understood, but we know that it’s often impractical to speak face-to-face with everyone, especially in larger workplaces. We also know that it’s tough to get people to attend meetings with everyone’s busy schedules, so one of the best ways we can get our message out through mass distribution is through a newsletter.

The union newsletter can serve multiple purposes. It can give messages of inspiration from our leaders, and provide our members with an insight as to their elected officer’s visions of how they believe the union should function.

It can also give information about what’s going on, what the union is currently involved in, accomplishments of union officers or members, and other general facts such as meeting dates, committee reports, and so on.

Finally, we can use the union newsletter as a tool for education. Much of what we do as a union is somewhat involved and technical, and many rank-and-file workers find themselves confused over the processes we have to go through for things like grievances, arbitrations or contract negotiations. The newsletter can help educate our members about the behind-the-scenes operations of our union, and also let them know how they can participate.

Inspiration, information, education. Three goals we can aspire to achieve through our newsletter. We can only reach those goals, however, if our members get the newsletter and take the time to read it. They will only do this if they feel the news includes them or their workplace, and is relevant to them. In order to do this, we need to know what YOU want to read about. Would you like to read worker profiles, articles about what happens at conferences, committee meeting reports, or just more general educational articles? If you let us know that you’ll read it, we’ll take the time to write it.

Lastly, you should know that putting together a newsletter can be a time-consuming process, and it’s being done by workers just like you. It goes faster, however, and becomes more representative of all our work locations and job titles if we have more people working on it. So if you like what you see, or you want to volunteer to help make it better, give our Newsletter Editor a call and offer up your help. We’ll be glad you did!

 

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