Getting Started

A labor union is an organization of workers who collectively negotiate the terms of their employment and improve working conditions. The goal of a union is to create a formal mechanism to protect and advocate for workers' needs and interests. Articles in this section break down what a union does, as well as why and how they help workers in both the short and long term. Let's get to work.

What is a labor union?

As union membership has declined in recent years, misconceptions around collective bargaining have grown. Maybe we’re biased, but just because unions aren’t as intense as they’re portrayed on TV doesn’t mean the work they do is any less exciting. So what exactly is a labor union?

How to talk to your coworkers about unionizing

While we have faith in your social skills, there are some things you should know before approaching your peers about unionizing. That’s why we’ve compiled some helpful tips on how to broach the subject like a boss. Or rather, like a worker.

Privacy FAQ for workers forming unions

Anxieties over being too public with union activities are bound to come up, so here’s a rundown on a few aspects of the process to know when it comes to privacy.

Organizing to solve a workplace issue

It’s likely that your coworkers might be dealing with the same or similar issue, and even if they’re not, they may be willing to throw their support behind a fellow coworker (like you).

Workplace mapping: know your office terrain

In order to build a successful union campaign, you want a clear and accurate picture of where there is support, where outreach is needed, and where there may be anti-union people who need to be neutralized.

How to run a union meeting

Unions are a group of people working collectively towards a solution. Whether in-person or virtual, it’s important to know how to facilitate effective meetings so that you can keep your organizing campaign moving forward.

Social media tool kit

Publicizing your union goals, updates, and more to the public allows you to make inroads with communities involved in the labor movement and build solidarity.

Hosting a pro-union event for friends

We often walk on political eggshells when it comes time to break bread with friends and family, but there is no better an advocate to inform and galvanize support for the cause than someone who is known and trusted.