Share Your Story -- Local Union Activism
Do you have an activism story about how your local union got involved in an activity to improve or strengthen their local?
Please share your name or names.
Where can we contact you if we have questions? Email is preferred.
What is your Local Union Number?
What is your Location/City?
What was the issue, event, or campaign you tackled? Check all that apply, or tell us in your own words.
Political, campaign for a particular candidate
Political, support of particular legislation
Political, fundraising for IATSE/Local Union PAC
Political, support of AFL-CIO campaign or campaign of another union
Industry Charity (Actor's Fund, Motion Picture Fund, BC-EFA, etc)
Tell us about your event or campaign in your own words, in as much detail as you can.
Thanks for sharing! The more details you can include in your story above the better. We appreciate all you've told us so far. The following questions may seem repetitive, but they help us to identify your story when we're searching for something.
Did you use a social media campaign or hashtag? (Such as #SaveTheMet)
Why did your local choose this action/cause and what was at stake? Check all that apply, or tell us in your own words.
Preserving/increasing work opportunities or wages
Increasing our membership
Defeating an anti-union candidate for public office
Electing a pro-union candidate for public office
Defeating anti worker/union legislation
Passing pro worker/union legislation
Improving our relationships with the community
Who got involved?
Members working at a particular venue
A cross-section of members
Young Workers Committee
Workers in our craft(s) who are not yet members
Other IATSE Locals/International
AFL-CIO or other unions
Worker groups that are not union-affiliated (ex: Jobs for Justice)
Local Media (newspapers, tv stations, radio, blogs, etc)
Friends and family
Is there one local union member (or a few) who took the lead, went above and beyond, or was recognized by the local for their contribution to the action?
What was the strongest leverage you had in achieving your goal?
Large number of workers participating
Skills of union workforce
Strong support of your Local members
Support from other IATSE Locals/International
Support from other unions/the labor community at large
Support from employers/employer board members
Support from elected officials
How long was your activism event or campaign?
Less than one month
Over a year
Ongoing and long-term
In what way did the campaign/ activity improve or strengthen your local? Check all that apply.
Members got involved/engaged and are ready to mobilize again
Local gained a new contract
Local gained new members
Helped a pro-worker candidate win an election and/or defeated an anti-worker candidate
Made or strengthened connections between your Local and politicians/community/religious leaders
Learned new leadership or planning skills
Connected with/improved connection with other IATSE Locals/other unions' Locals in the area
Improved our communications network/social media presence
Identified new activists within our Local
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