Educate Yourself

If you’re going to participate in the union decisions that affect your workplace life, you should do so intelligently.  This means 2015.01.26membertip-educatetaking the time to learn about the union and the issues it is dealing with on behalf of the members.  If you don’t have a copy of the union contract, get one and look through it, at least enough to get a good idea about what topics are covered and what the specifics are.  Make a mental note not only of what rights the union is already in a position to protect but also what improvements you’d like to see in the next round of bargaining.

Adapted from The Union Member's Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer