How the unionization process works in the US. A thread. 

How the unionization process works in the US. A thread. 

How the unionization process works in the US. A thread. 

How the unionization process works in the US. A thread. 

How the unionization process works in the US. A thread. 

How the unionization process works in the US. A thread. 

How the unionization process works in the US. A thread. 

I will repeat my offer to anyone in the US or Canada who is interested in starting a union: if you want to start a union, shoot me a message and I can give you resources, share my experiences, and help you figure out how to get started.

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If you are sincerely asking: a union is an organization of workers who pool resources and collective power to have more control over their working conditions. This usually takes the form of a "collective bargaining agreement", which is a negotiated agreement between the workers and the employer, though in Europe these agreements are often made across whole industries, rather than with individual businesses. They negotiate for things like increased pay, benefits, workplace safety standards, and other things workers need. Unions are historically responsible for things we now take for granted, like 8 hour days, 5 day work weeks, paid time off for illness, and vacation days. Unions are the primary way workers are able to exert some manner of control over their working lives.

If you know what a union is and are trying to make a joke: fuck off

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@turtlebirb What you call Unions are what I call "Cooperatives". I am pro-cooperative, and advocating for cooperatives for a very long time. No joke at my level regarding this important topix. Cooperatives are definitely the future.

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@stman @turtlebirb Cooperatives are definitely not the same as unions!

Worker cooperatives may be what you're thinking of. But other kinds of co-ops, like housing co-ops, retail co-ops, and agricultural co-ops, have workforces employed *by* the members. E.g., farmers may have a co-op to sell their products or share equipment, but rely on non-unionized employees or contractors to actually do the farming. (In fact many retail cooperatives have been hostile to employees unionizing.)

@stman @turtlebirb In many situations, forming a worker co-op is not feasible, nor the best way to improve your working conditions. E.g. local actors, fast food employees at a multinational chain, grad students, etc.

I suggest reading up on the labour movement, which is distinct from the co-operative movement.

@nev @stman absolutely. My experience organizing a union is attempting to unionize the staff at a consumer cooperative. While unions are in some ways similar to cooperatives (they are democratic, member-run organizations for the benefit of their members) their goals, legal status, and overall structure are different.

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