Overcoming Steward Blues: Getting Workers Involved

How well do these strategies of stewards work in getting workers involved?

  • Grabbing whoever is nearest at hand and begging them to take over some job.
  • Scolding members: “Don’t blame the union if stuff isn’t getting done. If more members don’t step up and get involved, what do you expect?”
  • Posting general appeals in the union newsletter: “Get involved! Join a committee! Run for office!”
  • Piling one more task onto someone who doesn’t know how to say no.
These tactics rarely work. This article is about what really works.
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