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Using the Tools of Effective Organizing to Build Your Union Local's Strength

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Jonathan Lange, Michael Gecan

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The demands and responsibilities that fall on the modern labor leader or organizer are heavy, sometimes daunting. This booklet, by two of the top organizers in the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, lays out how four of the basic organizing tools used in successful community organizing can be adapted and used by labor unions both to rebuild their membership and leadership and to establish needed relationships with outside institutions and organizations that can help them achieve their mutual selfinterests. These tools include: One-to-One Individual Meetings, Power Analysis and Charting Internal Relationships, Teaching and Training, and Action and Evaluation, and are presented here clearly and with specific union examples.

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  1. 80 Pages Packed with Substance!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jan 17th 2019

    This book is a quick read jam-packed with vital union-building substance! Rarely do I find a book that emphasizes practical, actionable tools required to build a powerful union in such a concise, easy-to-read way. Instead of meandering through fields of theory that may or may not be of use to the everyday unionist, this book provides union organizers, activists, and leaders with the basic tactics they need to build up the foundation of their local--which starts with the one-on-one, face-to-face relationship. I recommend this book regularly to anybody looking to build power, and I encourage others to do the same!

  2. Finally! A booklet for unions!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jun 19th 2016

    Organizing is such a fundamental tool for labor unions, yet we've relied on pamphlets that more directly relate to interfaith organizing. I'm so excited about this new publication that I ordered two as soon as they hit the presses, and I've ordered 80 more to use with my field organizers! The first chapter on one-on-ones ABSOLUTELY hits the nail on the head. I'm excited to put this reference into practice with my union members!

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