Currently Local 3 has a number of full time organizers in its four state jurisdiction. Their focus is concentrated on organizing unorganized workers and increasing the number of employers that are signatory to Local 3 contracts. Targeting the construction industry and related entities, the organizing department develops strategies designed to ultimately increase the union’s market-share. That’s where Local 3 achieves a real advantage in contract negotiations.
The organizers begin their campaigns by assessing the interest level and support for the union in a targeted group of workers. If interest is sufficient, the campaign begins and continues until a contract is reached. Organizers use many methods to educate the workers regarding the benefits of union membership including leafleting at shift changes, mailings and house calls to talk one-on-one with the workers. A home visit gives working families an opportunity to learn about the good wage package and fringe benefits that come with membership in Local 3.
An organizing hotline (877) ORG-NIZE or (877) 674-6493, allows members to call 24 hours a day to provide information or leads for potential organizing campaigns.
Watch this video about the Valley Power Strike in San Leandro, California