Since the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, we have seen a very impressive display of activism from survivors, parents, and community members. They serve as a potent reminder of what we, as everyday people, can accomplish if we work together to achieve our goals.
This concept is the foundation of the labour movement. As workers, we deserve to have our voices heard by our employers and our elected leaders. Our strength lies in our unity, and if we stand together, we can accomplish nearly anything.
Unionism isn’t just about writing grievances and arbitrating disputes, however. The Union is our outlet to create the world we want to see, not just in our workplaces, but across our society. Virtually anything you’re interested in can become one of the focuses of your Union: women’s issues, LGBTQ+ issues, the environment, health and safety, education, affordable housing… the list goes on and on.
If you want to get involved but don’t know how, it’s as simple as showing up to a meeting and asking a few questions. Your reps will be there and can offer guidance with getting the ball rolling. After that, it’s up to you!