CWA STRONG: What We Can Do
International Executive Board
- Make internal organizing a priority for all District/ Sector employees and review results monthly.
- Hold a staff meeting to review CWA STRONG , the crisis we face and the need to prioritize and support internal organizing.
- Present and discuss CWA STRONG at all meetings and conferences. Schedule workshops or panels and recognize locals and staff working the program and achieving results.
- Visit work locations with a local officer to hear about issues and talk union with members and non-members.
- Continue to encourage movement building and work with allies.
- Collect internal organizing survey form each local assigned.
- Attend an internal organizing training in your district/sector.
- Attend local Executive Board meetings to review current crisis and CWA STRONG Plan and get commitment from locals to work the plan.
- Help locals get non-member data from employers and electronic reporting.
- Verify that locals have copies of membership cards.
- Visit work locations with local officers to hear about issues and talk about the union with members and non-members.
- Ask to meet with local organizing committee. Review current crisis and CWA STRONG Plan. Get committee to commit to internal organizing.
- Review your locals' online communications capacity and recommend that they use Action Network for e-mail and LaborWeb for their websites if they do not already have a system in place.
- Bargain to achieve model language for access to new hires and existing employees, on the job union orientation and other proposals that support internal organizing.
- Encourage locals to make sure that all bargaining is strategic and coordinated.
- Encourage locals to share information and strategies throughout our union and to fight giveback demands.
- Encourage locals to build partnerships with allies.
- Return internal organizing survey to your staff.
- Invite Staff to review current crisis and CWA STRONG plan with your local Executive Board, organizing committee and at membership meetings.
- Communicate with members about crisis and CWA STRONG by posting on website, sending out emails and including in local newsletters.
- Reach out to District Internal Organizing Coordinator and design a systematic plan to increase members by 10 percentage points if local is at or below 80 % organized.
- Make internal organizing a priority and review nonmember numbers at every local Executive Board meeting.
- Divide up worksites among local board members and visit each to talk with members and sign up nonmembers.
- Work to collect at least 50% of member’s emails and communicate regularly with members via e-mail. A request for email addresses should be on all materials distributed in the workplace, on bulletin boards and local websites.
- Use the CWA STRONG materials at stewards and membership meetings to help members better understand the crisis and challenges we face how and it affects our contracts and rights.
- Set up a website and Facebook page for your local and keep it up-to-date with information on events, activities and how the local supports members.
- Have a diverse, trained local organizing committee.
- Have a systematic program for asking for PAF contributions.
- Have a functioning Human Rights Committee
- Identify allies that the local can work with on issues and develop a deeper longer term partnership.