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Between November 2016 and January 2017, over 2,500 members of Teamsters Local 117 participated in our union’s strategic planning survey. The survey is one of many ways members have been participating in our strategic planning process. The results are helping shape our union’s strategic priorities for the next three years.
The results of our membership survey are listed below:
Members want our union’s mission and purpose to be built on a foundation of bargaining strong contracts and organizing to build power in the workplace. In order to achieve these goals, survey respondents identified the importance of growing our union, engaging in political action, conducting leadership training for members, and improving the community with charitable programs.
- Holding politicians accountable emerged as an important priority, with nearly half of DOC members identifying political action in their top three priorities.
- Over one-third of private sector members highlighted the necessity of organizing non-union workers to raise industry standards.
- One out of every four members place high value on our union providing leadership training for members, and one-in-five want our union to prioritize improving our communities with social, educational, and charitable programs.
Members want our union to not only improve their own lives, but also lift up the community.
- While contract bargaining and enforcement is foundational to members’ experience with the union, a majority of members envision a broader role for their union in raising a collective voice and improving the community.
- Twenty-six percent (26%) of members want our union to “help members create a better future – not only for ourselves at work, but also for our families and our communities.”
- Twenty-two percent (22%) of members want a union that builds member power to have a voice at work, while one in eight (13%) want our union to “fight for justice for all working people, whether they have a union card in their pocket or not.”
Members believe we must build unity by sticking together and focusing on the needs of the membership (47%) and making sure all members’ voices are heard (42%).
Members are working together to improve union communication and build a union presence at work, both when a Union Representative is on the shop floor and in between visits.
- Sixty-seven percent (67%) of members talk with their Shop Steward and other coworkers as a first step to figure out how to address issues in the workplace.
- While a majority of members prefer to receive union communication one-on-one from a Shop Steward or trusted coworker, it is also important to be responsive to the variety of ways that members prefer to receive information about the union. Other popular forms of union communication include visits from Union Representatives (47%), email updates (31%), bulletin board postings (26%), and union meetings (25%).
Nearly three-quarters (73%) of members stress the importance of being involved in our union, in order to improve working conditions and provide a better future for our families and communities.
- However, fourteen percent (14%) of members identify barriers to participating as much as they would like, including family obligations & childcare, long commutes for union meetings, difficult work schedules, and even lack of confidence. It is important to work to address barriers to involvement to build a stronger union.
Local 117 Secretary-Treasurer John Scearcy and President and Director of Corrections & Law Enforcement Michelle Woodrow
Brothers and Sisters -
On February 14, more than 230 members of Teamsters 117 and their families converged on the State Capitol in Olympia for our DOC Lobby Day.
It was our biggest, most successful Lobby Day event ever. Local 117 members met with dozens of legislators to discuss issues that directly impact their lives.
Our Lobby Day event exemplifies the kind of Union we are working to build. It’s a Union where members are engaged, organized, informed, and politically active.
Over the last few months, we have been developing a strategic plan that will shape the future of our Union. More than 2,400 members filled out our membership survey to provide input into the plan.
"We have been developing a strategic plan that will shape the future of our Union."
The survey asked questions about our Union’s mission and purpose, how best to build unity, improve communication, and increase member involvement.
You can view the results of our membership survey here.
We’ve also held meetings of member leaders to critically analyze our Union. What are our strengths? Where do we need to improve? What do we need to prepare for? And what opportunities will we want to capitalize on in the future?
Based on your feedback from the surveys and at these meetings, we have established four strategic priorities that will guide our Union into the future. They are:
- Fortify our Union against attacks on workers;
- Build our power through new organizing;
- Invest in member leadership and development;
- Build our political power.
These are the issues that you identified as critically important to building unity and power for all working people and to help lift up our communities.
Over the next several weeks, we will be continuing to build our plan around these priorities. We have formed sub-committees to work on each priority, and we will be developing our plan at our upcoming Shop Steward Seminar on March 11.
Your ongoing input in the plan is important. If you are interested in working on a specific priority, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for everything that you do.
Over the last two months, members across our Union have been participating in our strategic planning process.
They’ve been attending workshops, participating in meetings, and providing feedback through a member survey process.
Since November, we’ve had over 2,400 members, or about 15% of our membership, fill out our strategic planning survey.
The survey has been an opportunity for members to provide input that will shape our Union for the next three years. It asks questions about our Union’s mission and purpose, how best to build unity, improve communication, and increase member involvement.
Many Shop Stewards and other member leaders have been instrumental in distributing the surveys in the field. Their hard work has allowed many of us to contribute our ideas, suggestions, and concerns.
We’re coming to the end of the survey process and are working on compiling the results. If you have any remaining surveys, please return them to your Union Rep or the Local Union office by January 13.
In the coming weeks, we will be sharing the results with you online. The results of the survey will be used to help develop our strategic priorities over the next few years.
In addition to the surveys, we've met with members to engage in a more thorough analysis of our Union. We've discussed our strengths as an organization and talked about where we can improve.
We've surveyed the external landscape to anticipate threats such as the right-to-work threat, and we've discussed opportunities given the current economic and political environment.
Thank you to all of the members who have participated in this process. Your participation will help shape our strategic plan and strengthen our Union for the future.
Sally Payne from the IBT leads members in strategic planning workshop.
Our Union hall was buzzing on Saturday with members participating in two different events.
New Shop Stewards were here to learn the skills of the trade: grievance handling, new member orientation, and contract enforcement.
Another group of member leaders filled round tables in the small auditorium. Their job was to engage in a critical analysis of our Union with the goal of building priorities for the future. Check out photos from the event here.Read more
We are currently in the process of developing a strategic plan to guide your union over the next three years. Your input and involvement as members is important for setting our priorities together.
Please take a few minutes to take our online survey.
The survey is designed for you to provide feedback on topics like our union's mission and purpose, building unity, communication, and member involvement. You will also have an opportunity to provide additional comments you believe are important.
Your ideas, opinions, and concerns will help shape our union's future over the next three years.
In addition to the surveys, we will also be holding a workshop on December 10 that will give members an opportunity to participate more deeply in the strategic planning process.
If you are interested in getting more information about the workshop, please email email@example.com.
You can find more information about our union's strategic planning process here.
Thank you for helping to build a stronger union!
What values do we share? Where are we now? Where do we want to be in three to five years?
These are some of the big picture questions we will be grappling with over the next several months as we kick off a new round of strategic planning.
The strategic planning process has impacted our organization in profound ways since we developed our first plan back in 2009. Our campaign to build a Local Union strike fund grew out of an earlier strategic plan as did our new member orientation program.
This will be the fourth time we have embarked on an intensive planning process over the last eight years, and we will be looking to make a similar impact this time around.
To get things rolling, our new strategic planning committee met for the first time on October 7. The committee’s job is to help guide us through the process, engage internal stakeholders, and oversee the implementation of the plan.Read more