A challenging issue came up during my visit to Chicago: following up on attempts to bring new members into our union.
One staffer in the buro said she has been asked to join in the past, but after the initial conversation ended with her being handed a Guild folder, she had questions that she didn’t know how to get answered. So she never signed a card.
I’ve learned over the six weeks I’ve been coordinating our recruiting efforts that this is a big problem. I’m guilty of it myself. There are a number of people I’ve spoken with at the various buros who I promised to get back to, but I haven’t yet gotten the chance to pick up the phone and follow up.
It can be challenging even when you’re working in the same office. Beyond the different shifts and heavy workloads that can make it difficult to connect, there’s also the worry about pressuring your colleagues and friends.
But often, waiting for someone to ask a question or simply hand over a signed card means missing the opportunity to bring someone into the Guild. So it makes sense to go back and ask again, and to make sure their concerns are addressed. This extra step might be all that’s needed to get our co-workers involved in our union, which makes it stronger.