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ORGANISING Organising committees • Forming an organising committee • Under-represented groups • Decision making

ORGANISING Organising committees • Forming an organising committee • Under-represented groups • Decision making 0 FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE

FORMING AN ORGANISING UNDERFORMINGCOMMITTEE, AN ORGANISING REPRESENTED GROUPS AND DECISION MAKING COMMITTEE 2

FORMING AN ORGANISING UNDERFORMINGCOMMITTEE, AN ORGANISING REPRESENTED GROUPS AND DECISION MAKING COMMITTEE 2

Forming an organising committee 0 FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE 3

Forming an organising committee 0 FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE 3

Why have an organising committee? FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE 4

Why have an organising committee? FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE 4

Why have an organising committee? • Share ideas, experiences and skills • Spread the

Why have an organising committee? • Share ideas, experiences and skills • Spread the workload and increase accountability • Increase commitment and ownership • Making decisions about organising (within the union decision making structures) FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE 5

FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE 6

FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE 6

Create tasks that fit what people are able and willing to do. EXAMPL E

Create tasks that fit what people are able and willing to do. EXAMPL E I want to be a member of the LAN Airlines Organising Committee. I’ll take responsibility for: • Attending meetings once a month • Speaking to a LAN worker about what they like and dislike about LAN • Attending football games • Keeping 5 -7 union members updated about organising • Other FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE 7

When do we form the organising committee? • Use arbolitos (worker networks) first to

When do we form the organising committee? • Use arbolitos (worker networks) first to build support. • If your first meeting is too weak and not representative, it could give the impression of a small clique. • Once the committee is formed, continue to focus on workers where union support is weak. FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE 8

Sample organising committee agenda 12: 00 Attendance / sign-in Report on new events in

Sample organising committee agenda 12: 00 Attendance / sign-in Report on new events in the workplace. 12: 05 Report on previous assignments. - Give recognition to people who completed assignments. - Plan what to do about work not done. 12: 10 Discuss next steps. 12: 20 Practice next assignments. 12: 50 Assignments 13: 00 Adjourn FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE 9

What can we do when people do not attend meetings or complete tasks? FORMING

What can we do when people do not attend meetings or complete tasks? FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE 10

What can we do when people do not attend meetings or complete tasks? •

What can we do when people do not attend meetings or complete tasks? • Find out why. • Make sure people do not commit to more than they can do. • Help them with the task. • Keep public records of attendance and work completed. • Create a policy for removal from the organising committee after a specific number of absences or if no tasks are completed. Encourage rejoining after attendance at meetings or completion of tasks. FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE 11

 • Does every committee member understand their responsibilities? • How can we help

• Does every committee member understand their responsibilities? • How can we help each other with pressure and potential criticism? • Discuss issues before they occur: - Might some of us work harder than others? - Might some of us turn against the union? FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE 12

Two key organising committee jobs Facilitation Record-keeping • Planning the agenda and preparing for

Two key organising committee jobs Facilitation Record-keeping • Planning the agenda and preparing for the meeting • Facilitating the meeting and helping the group stay on track and make decisions • Keeping written records of meetings • Keeping arbolitos, lists and maps updated • Keeping records safe and accessible to other committee members Responsibilities can be shared and rotated. FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE 13

ACTIVITY: Forming an organising committee Aim: To develop a plan forming an organising committee.

ACTIVITY: Forming an organising committee Aim: To develop a plan forming an organising committee. Tasks: Select a facilitator and timekeeper. Make a list of everyone who is working. Include the arbolitos (worker groups) and union leaders. Are there any underrepresented groups that you will focus on? Discuss when, where and how often to meet. The hardestworking people can meet more often, but they will want to report in regularly. Discuss how the organising committee fits into your union decision-making structures. Discuss who can perform the facilitation and record keeping jobs. Prepare to share your ideas with the larger group. FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE 14

0 Under-represented groups 0 FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE 15

0 Under-represented groups 0 FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE 15

What groups of workers are under-represented in the union? • Younger or older •

What groups of workers are under-represented in the union? • Younger or older • Male or female • Night or day shift • Ethnicity/race • Language • Work classification • New or senior • Other UNDER-REPRESENTED FORMING AN ORGANISING GROUPS COMMITTEE 16

How might underrepresented groups affect our organising? UNDER-REPRESENTED FORMING AN ORGANISING GROUPS COMMITTEE 17

How might underrepresented groups affect our organising? UNDER-REPRESENTED FORMING AN ORGANISING GROUPS COMMITTEE 17

How might under-represented groups affect our organising? • Employers can use existing divisions in

How might under-represented groups affect our organising? • Employers can use existing divisions in the workforce to further divide workers. • The more united the workers, the stronger the union. UNDER-REPRESENTED FORMING AN ORGANISING GROUPS COMMITTEE 18

ACTIVITY: Recruiting under-represented workers Aim: To develop ideas for recruiting underrepresented workers. Tasks: Select

ACTIVITY: Recruiting under-represented workers Aim: To develop ideas for recruiting underrepresented workers. Tasks: Select a facilitator and timekeeper. Select an under-represented group. What problems might occur as they become more involved? Choose one of these problems for further discussion. - If we did nothing about the problem, what would be the consequences? - How might we go about changing the situation? Identify 1 -3 things we could do to improve the situation. Prepare to share your ideas with the large group. UNDER-REPRESENTED FORMING AN ORGANISING GROUPS COMMITTEE 19

Decision making FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE 20

Decision making FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE 20

Questions to discuss: • What should our union be like at our workplace? •

Questions to discuss: • What should our union be like at our workplace? • What are the responsibilities of union leaders and members to each other? • How is our union involved in our industry, the economy and politics - both nationally and internationally? FORMING DECISION AN ORGANISING MAKING COMMITTEE 21

ACTIVITY: Practice decision making Aim: To practise group decision making and analyse the results.

ACTIVITY: Practice decision making Aim: To practise group decision making and analyse the results. If we had US$1, 000 to spend on organising work, how would we spend it? FORMING DECISION AN ORGANISING MAKING COMMITTEE 22

ACTIVITY: How did it go? Aim: To practice group decision making and analyse the

ACTIVITY: How did it go? Aim: To practice group decision making and analyse the results. Tasks: Select a facilitator and timekeeper. Discuss the following: • What was our decision making process? • Did we listen to each other? • Did we all participate? • Did we help others or receive help? • Did we recognise the needs of under-represented groups? • Did we take turns? • What did we learn? Prepare to share your thoughts with the group. FORMING DECISION AN ORGANISING MAKING COMMITTEE 23

What ground rules do you want to use? FORMING DECISION AN ORGANISING MAKING COMMITTEE

What ground rules do you want to use? FORMING DECISION AN ORGANISING MAKING COMMITTEE 24

What ground rules do you want to use? Start on time, end on time.

What ground rules do you want to use? Start on time, end on time. Attendance Confidentiality between workers, no gossip. No public showing of weakness or division, especially to the emplyer. Accountability • Regular reports on work commitments • Recognition of work done and not done Even participation • If you speak a lot, speak less. • If you don’t speak much, speak more. • Miss more than ____meetings, and you are not a member until you attend at least ____meetings in a row. Written policy of no harassment based on gender, ethnicity, language and race. Stick with a clear and democratic decision making process. Once a group decision is made and becomes a mandate, any changes must be taken back through the collective decision making process. FORMING DECISION AN ORGANISING MAKING COMMITTEE 25

What methods might we use? FORMING DECISION AN ORGANISING MAKING COMMITTEE 26

What methods might we use? FORMING DECISION AN ORGANISING MAKING COMMITTEE 26

What methods might we use? FORMING DECISION AN ORGANISING MAKING COMMITTEE 27

What methods might we use? FORMING DECISION AN ORGANISING MAKING COMMITTEE 27

How do we work with committee members we don’t trust? FORMING DECISION AN ORGANISING

How do we work with committee members we don’t trust? FORMING DECISION AN ORGANISING MAKING COMMITTEE 28

How do we work with committee members we don’t trust? • Get to know

How do we work with committee members we don’t trust? • Get to know them and learn what you can from them. • Keep your suspicions to yourself until you know. • Employers benefit from an atmosphere of secrecy and mistrust; unions need trust to build a collective. • Give work assignments that will not cause alarm: - Gather information about the industry - Attend a union event - Other FORMING DECISION AN ORGANISING MAKING COMMITTEE 29

How do we work with conflict amongst committee members? FORMING DECISION AN ORGANISING MAKING

How do we work with conflict amongst committee members? FORMING DECISION AN ORGANISING MAKING COMMITTEE 30

How do we work with conflict amongst committee members? • Think ahead and discuss

How do we work with conflict amongst committee members? • Think ahead and discuss what conflicts might arise. • Have clear decision making processes. • Practice deep listening. Find out what is behind the differences. • Continue to build personal relationships of trust - before, after and during conflict. FORMING DECISION AN ORGANISING MAKING COMMITTEE 31

Anything else to discuss regarding organising committees? FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, UNDERFORMING AN ORGANISING

Anything else to discuss regarding organising committees? FORMING AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, UNDERFORMING AN ORGANISING REPRESENTED GROUPS AND DECISION MAKING COMMITTEE 32