There are a number of things members can do to make the Teamsters Union even stronger than it is today. Participating in your local union, sticking together, and educating potential members and the public about our union are simple, everyday ways we can support our union. Here are a few others:
- Attend local union meetings regularly. If you cannot attend meetings, talk to your shop steward or other members about what took place and try to make the next one.
- Stay informed. Keep up with current events and what's happening in your workplace. Visit Teamster.org and your local union's web site to keep up with news that affects you and your union.
- Participate in union elections. Whether it's elections for officers, contract votes or local union business, your opinion counts and can make a difference.
- Get to know your steward, he or she is your primary contact with your union and can answer many of your questions or refer you to the appropriate resources.
- Get to know your local officers and trustees. Many local unions provide contact information and bios on their web sites.
- Review your local union bylaws. Each Teamster local is autonomous and has its own set of rules and guidelines.
- Attend union rallies and events when you can. You may not be able to make them all, but standing together shows strength in numbers.
- Become an e-activist. If you are online regularly, register with Teamster.org and be sure to sign up for Teamster Action Alerts to be notified about key issues and ways you can take action online. Read and participate on blog sites in your community or state, or start your own blog. Join other Teamsters on MySpace, YouTube, Facebook and other social networking sites. Comment on local newspaper or TV station web sites to provide the Teamster perspective.
- Spread the word. If you hear about an issue that concerns you, tell your friends, relatives and coworkers and show them how to get involved. Educate others. Talk about what being a Teamster means to you. Tell your friends, relatives and other workers you bump into about benefits of being a Teamster.