Bargaining Team Members get together to meet with managers of your agency to improve your contract. You are also responsible for strengthening the union and mobilizing your co-workers to win strong contracts for your agency.
- Getting your co-workers involved!
- Attending meetings every 2-3 weeks for 4-6 months.
- Gathering information from members in your local area and reporting back to the rest of the team.
- Informing members in your local area about negotiations via meetings, phone banks, and personal contact
- Mobilizing your co-workers to vote for ratification or rejection of the contract
- Taking personal responsibility for mobilizing members to support our union contract through phone banks, rallies, door knocking, legislative visits and other actions.
To serve on your agency’s bargaining team, you must be:
- Able and willing to lead other workers: Team members are responsible for making sure their co-workers understand what’s going on and why it’s important for them to help.
- Willing to take direction from your Chief Negotiator and work in a team:
- When the bargaining team makes a strategic decision together, team members must support it.
- We’re looking for team players who can work with all different kinds of people.
- Have skills which allow for the full participation of yourself and others:
- You must focus and pay attention for long periods of time.
- We need you to take notes and be aware of details.
- Bargaining sessions can get tense. The ideal bargaining-team member is somewhat thick-skinned and not overemotional.
- You must have a good poker face.
- Wholeheartedly for the greatest good for the greatest numberCan you separate personal interests from collective interests? We need you to be able to identify whether an issue affects many members or only a few and take that into consideration when weighing decisions.
Bargaining team members must have a flexible work schedule with access to respite care/client coverage to ensure maximum participation. (Agency employers are required to work with you and your schedule to allow for time off, even when requests for time off don’t necessarily meet the general rules for requesting time off.)
You must be available to travel to bargaining locations and remain overnight if traveling from far away, or for back-to-back bargaining days.