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How to Jump-Start Your Union


How to Jump-Start Your Union tells how activists transformed their union and gave members hope. Readers will learn how to run for office, work with their communities, build stewards networks, train new leaders, run a contract campaign, and strike. 232 pages.



Labor Notes has done it again! Every unionist should read this book that chronicles how the new leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union organized their members, built strong support with the community, and waged a strike against formidable adversaries. But this book is more--it's a manual on how all unions can revamp to win justice, with lessons that every union can apply to their own situation.

-Steven Ashby, professor of labor relations, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


How to Jump-Start Your Union should be a beacon to all rank-and-file members on how to bring democracy back to their locals. It's a toolkit that shows how good old-fashioned hard work and faith in the membership can empower every frontline worker. The bird's-eye view of the CORE caucus carefully proves that issues are more important than elections and can serve to unite us. It is never all right to just complain.

-Karen Lewis, president, Chicago Teachers Union


To build a movement is very difficult, but the Chicago Teachers Union was up to the challenge. Our brothers and sisters challenged authority and antiquated ideas of what we deserve as rank-and-file union members. It's one of the best things I've ever seen happen in Chicago!"

-Ed Sadlowski, retired director of Steelworkers District 31, Chicago, and leader of the Steelworkers Fight Back slate


Once again, Labor Notes publishes a book that is dangerous to both management and status quo unionists. The power of public sector unionism stems from our ability to be the voice that advocates directly both for democracy and for the consumers of services. In this book we learn how grassroots organizers used this singular role to revolutionize their own union.

-Hetty Rosenstein, New Jersey state director, Communications Workers

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See Inside! 

Get a sneak peek at how the Chicago teachers prepared for a strike. Read an excerpt from Chapter 8 - Contract Campaign.

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Praise 

How to Jump-Start Your Union should be a beacon to all rank-and-file members on how to bring democracy to their locals. It’s a toolkit that shows how good old-fashioned hard work and faith in the membership can empower every frontline worker.”
—KAREN LEWIS, former President, Chicago Teachers Union

“Labor Notes has done it again! Every unionist should read this book that chronicles how the new leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union organized their members, built strong support with the community, and waged a strike against formidable adversaries. But this book is more—it’s a manual on how all unions can revamp to win justice, with lessons that every union can apply to their own situation.”
—STEVEN ASHBY, Professor of Labor Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“This play-by-play account of one of the most successful strikes in modern U.S. history documents what it takes to level the playing field against corporate masters and politicians. The lessons put forth by Labor Notes should serve as ‘common core standards’ for unionists who seek to re-energize their own organizations.”
—ED SADLOWSKI, JR., Milwaukee Teachers Education Association, Wisconsin

“The power of public sector unionism stems from our ability to be the voice that advocates directly both for democracy and for the consumers of services. In this book we learn how grassroots organizers used this singular role to revolutionize their own union.”
—HETTY ROSENSTEIN, New Jersey State Director, Communications Workers