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WHAT UNION REPS CAN DO THAT EMPLOYEES CAN’T All employees do not have equal legal rights.  Union representatives have far more rights than most.  In fact, they have far more rights than the average manager. So, if you hear anyone … Continue reading

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WOW!  NWSEO GOES ALL IN ON 1187 BONUSES Just a couple of weeks ago we were extolling AFGE’s commitment to boosting membership by giving out $100 for every newly signed 1187. CITE But the National Weather Service Employees Organization has … Continue reading

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WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WERE THIS UNION’S PRESIDENT? Most leadership programs put participants in hypothetical situations, give them the facts, and then ask them to lead their group to a solution.  What follows is a tale of two … Continue reading

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AFGE: HOW A UNION STRATEGICALLY COMMITS TO GROWTH We have complimented AFGE often for its success at adding new members since 1999.  John Gage, its prior national president, and J. David Cox, its current one, have had more success this … Continue reading

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JUST PLAIN UNIMAGINATIVE UNION LEADERSHIP Let’s assume that the federal government creates a new agency with tens of thousands of employees throughout the country and that agency quickly earns a reputation as a terrible employer. Obviously, unions would be deeply interested … Continue reading

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WHAT SHOULD THIS EMPLOYEE’S PENALTY BE? The employee in this not-so-hypothetical story has been with TSA for just over a year working as a Financial Specialist.  Prior to that, he had 22 years in the military. On the day in … Continue reading

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CAN SOLAR PANELS BOOST UNION MEMBERSHIP? One way unions attract new members is by offering benefits, especially economic benefits, only to members. The benefit must be attractive by itself, the savings substantial, and the deal limited only to members. But … Continue reading

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GAO GIVES UNIONS A WAY TO BUILD THEIR IMAGE, RELATIONSHIPS, & MEMBERSHIP An agency recently asked the General Accountability Office (Comptroller General) if it could use agency funds to buy refreshments for an employee CFC rally designed to boost contributions. … Continue reading

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FOLLOW THE MONEY AFGE has done it, NFFE has too, and now NWSEO has as well. They have all “put their money where their mouth is” and admitted that “it takes money to make money.”  The point is that each … Continue reading

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WHAT TO DO ABOUT ZOMBIE LOCALS What is a zombie local?  It is a single local of a successful national union, that has chronically low membership, e.g. fewer than 30% of the unit employees belong. It enjoys all the protections … Continue reading

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