Your Guide to Workplace Organizing

You may be wondering how you can organize your own workplace. We’re here to help!

The act of organizing means coming together to address issues important to you as a worker — from sexual harassment to wages, workplace bullying, and benefits. We’re seeing workers rising up across the country to demand better pay and better working conditions – from the first unionized Starbucks in Buffalo, NY, the 10,000 worker John Deere strike demanding a better union contract, to workers winning their largest pay raise in The Bronx in 30 years at the Hunts Point Produce Market.

Knowing when and how to organize your co-workers can be daunting, so we’ve compiled a list of resources to help you formulate a strategy to win!

Download and print this worker safety organizing toolkit:

  1. Create a map of your workplace and co-workers.
    • Guide 1: Start by understanding the physical make-up of your workplace.
    • Guide 2: From there, look at the social groups and relationships amongst your co-workers, and identify potential worker-leaders.
    • Guide 3: Then discuss your map to identify leaders and areas to focus on.
  2. Use this printable spreadsheet template to create a contact list for your co-workers, track their concerns, and get them involved in the effort. Remember: there is strength in numbers!
  3. Have effective conversations with your coworkers. Use these conversation guidelines to help your team identify issues and develop a plan with clear, measurable goals. A successful plan has a grasp on what winning looks like and potential obstacles you may face.

We discuss all of these tips, including organizing your workplace to be safer during COVID-19, in this video:

Now is the time for workers to come together in collective action to address ongoing issues and organize themselves. Present your demands in a way that’s clear and concise – it is your right as a worker to take necessary action.

We stand with you!

Many thanks to Labor Notes, Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee, and Brandworkers, who provided toolkit resources and helped develop our 2020 workshop.