Workers are fighting for and winning safety, benefits, pay, and respect at work. See these steps for organizing your workplace and talk with an organizer about making a plan.
Thanks to the United Electrical workers union for this material.
Employers are putting short-term profits over the health of workers. If your employer is ignoring your demands for workplace safety and fair treatment, you and your coworkers need to take action to protect yourselves.
As individual workers, we have no power, but when we act together with our coworkers, we can make our boss listen to us. Before you take action, it’s important to know your rights.
Do you and your coworkers need more protection or hazard pay? Is it time you got the respect you deserve? You can take action with your coworkers to make these changes. Here are five steps to winning workplace fights.
Sometimes, your boss does something that makes everyone furious. When this happens, your coworkers usually won’t need much convincing that it’s time to come together and take action. You’ll need to
To do this, you need to talk with your coworkers.
So you have a serious complaint about how your employer is acting. You’re rightfully angry, but what’s your next move? Whatever strategy you use to tackle the issues in your workplace, there is one thing you should always remember: don’t go it alone. Any effort to improve your workplace will only be successful if you and your coworkers are organized. Here’s how to form an organizing committee.
Workers bear the brunt of every workplace emergency. Even if you don’t have a union, you can come together with your coworkers to demand that your employer protect workers and address your urgent concerns. Here are some ideas on what to demand of your employer.
When you present your demands and take action, your boss may respond in a number of ways that try to minimize the need for changes or may even illegally retaliate against workers. It’s important to inoculate your coworkers for various scenarios so you’ll be able to respond collectively and effectively.
Contact your EWOC organizer to help prepare yourself and your coworkers for reactions from the boss.
You’ve been talking to your coworkers, and you’ve decided that it’s time to take action. It’s important that you make sure you put together a group of workers who are committed to see this action through and that this group is representative of your workplace (shifts, departments, gender, race, nationality, etc). This group will be your organizing committee, and it should be made up of leaders in their departments, meaning that they are good workers, people respect them, and that they are well liked. Here’s how to develop a strategy for presenting demands and taking action to win them.