Before starting a campaign figure out who’s who.
Ask a lot of questions
Before you make a plan to involve others, figure out what you and your team already know. This will help in creating an outreach plan at the beginning of the campaign. It's also a good tool to utilize at any point in the campaign when you need to take stock…including during the first contract and beyond.
- Who do we know already?
- Who do we need to talk to?
- Where do they work?
- Who else do they know?
- What's important to them?
- What do they think about joining together to form a union?
- What questions do they have?
Map out what you know
Whether it’s on a Microsoft Excel sheet, database or butcher paper on the wall, map out all the people that your team needs to reach and involve in the organizing campaign. A list is good, a “map” that connects people is better!
HOW ARE PEOPLE CONNECTED?
- At work by job, department, unit or team; work location, work schedule or shift.
- In life by interests, talents, families, neighborhoods, churches, clubs, children and friendships.