If you are a Walker worker, our door is always open. We would love to talk with you about what has helped you succeed at work, your hopes for the Walker, and your vision for our union. You can connect with any member of the organizing committee directly or email us as a group at email@example.com.
Why are we unionizing?
Every member has their own reasons for organizing, but as a group our goal is to work with the Walker’s management and leadership teams to create and sustain an equitable workplace, where all workers are empowered and have the chance to participate fully in the decision-making process. We want to ensure everyone has equal access to the Walker’s resources and has the support to do their best work.
What is the Walker Worker Union calling for? What are our demands?
We are calling for a workplace built on equity, dignity, and joy. We aren’t just creating a list of demands; instead, we want to partner with leadership to create structures that support workers in the long term, not just address immediate concerns.
Over time the needs of Walker workers will change. Forming a union is about setting up the structural conditions for workers to have a clear voice and representation as the Walker develops, improves, and changes, now and into the future.
How will this help the Walker?
This union formed from the belief that the Walker can continue to be a leader in the field—but only if all workers are recognized and valued for their contributions. Our union’s mission is to create a positive working environment for everyone. When we feel supported by and invested in our workplace, we do our best work and the Walker thrives. The union will help to foster relationships and structures that are beneficial while improving those that are challenging.
What are my rights as a worker to organize? What should I do if I think my rights are being infringed upon?
Organizing is a legally protected activity. It is illegal for an employer to fire or discipline anyone for organizing. We are free to attend organizing meetings, talk to each other about organizing, wear union buttons or T-shirts, or otherwise show public support for the union.
When we’re organized, we can come together to support and protect each other. Not only do your fellow union members have your back, there are systems in place to protect us during the process of unionizing.
If you think management is disciplining or punishing you for being part of union organizing, you should document the incident(s) and tell other people in our union.
What does it mean to join the Walker Worker Union? Do I have to pay dues?
Becoming a member of the union means joining a group dedicated to the success of the Walker and its workers. It’s an inclusive, collaborative, community-focused process and any eligible worker at the Walker can be a leader or active participant in the union. Together we decide our top priorities, organizational structure, goals, and yes—even dues. We won’t agree to a contract that is detrimental to us or the institution.
Many people are rightfully curious about the impact of union dues. There are a number of ways we can structure our dues, and we will set those terms together. Members of our union have the right to vote on our dues when we are negotiating our contract. We will determine the amount together in the bargaining process, so we can’t promise an exact number right now, but nobody will pay dues until we have a contract. Voting members’ dues cover the cost of collective bargaining, support member services, legal fees, group communications, and more.
What if my question isn’t answered here? Who do I talk to if I have more questions? How can I help?
If you have questions or want to get involved, do not hesitate to reach out to your coworkers or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org from your personal email. We want to hear your ideas and feedback and to learn about the experiences of workers in every position at the Walker. Our organizing committee has an open door—we would love to have you join us and help shape the direction and priorities of this effort!