Caregivers across Washington and Montana are joining together with their local communities to talk about how we can work together to make our Union stronger. Here are a few ways you can get involved:
Advocates are important for our caregivers who work in agencies and nursing homes. They provide a voice for all the caregivers they work with and are the people their coworkers trust to help them if issues arise at work. Advocates also know how to contact our Union staff and officers when necessary. Being an advocate means enforcing members’ rights within our Union contract and representing coworkers in investigatory and disciplinary meetings with supervisors.
Because of our current environment, our Union has to be creative about how we engage with members. Social media leaders take action on social media with provided tools to connect with and help inform caregivers, friends, and families about issues that matter the most to us. Together, we lead statewide campaigns to help demonstrate to lawmakers that caregivers and caregiving is essential and should be respected and treated as such. Attend a monthly meeting to learn more.
Member-to-Member Specialists (MMS) are caregivers who take a break from our regular caregiving work. We spend our days calling other caregivers on the telephone to talk with them about what it means to be in a Union together, how they can get involved, and why it’s so important that we all stick together. It’s a great opportunity to do something different for a little while and develop new skills. But the most exciting, inspirational part of this job is getting to talk with other caregivers about what our Union can do and hear from them about how they want to shape the future of our Union.
RECRUIT NEW MEMBERS
As a recruiter, you’d get to talk to new caregivers about what the Union is and why it’s so important for us to stand together! We’re looking for caregivers who want to connect with other caregivers in your area, welcome them to our community, and make a difference for our shared future. Each conversation you’d be having with caregivers is about 15 to 30 minutes during a caregiver’s first training and DSHS orientation. Depending on how many people can help in your area, you may be asked to help as little as once a month or as much as a couple of times a week.
JOIN LOCAL MEETINGS
Watch for invitations from your organizer to upcoming events and meetings where caregivers in your area come together to discuss Union wins, share stories, and more! Make sure your contact information is correct by completing the membership form at join775.org.
If you’d like more information about getting involved, please call our Member Resource Center at 1-866-371-3200 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.