By Evan Henerson
August 31 is the Second Annual Union Night at Dodger Stadium. Attendees who buy tickets receive a special limited edition Union Night T-shirt and those who buy groups of 50 tickets or more will be recognized during pregame festivities. Before the game, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor will be recognizing seven affiliates for their organizing achievements. For tickets, click here.
In celebration of Union Night and with Labor Day coming up on Monday, Sept. 5, Union Night co-sponsor Labor 411 is giving a shout-out to these featured affiliates with a series of blogs.
Teamsters Local 2010
Since their members work in higher educations like the University of California and California State systems, it makes sense that administrators of Teamsters Local 2010 would know how to teach the value of union membership.
The Local launched a strategic internal organizing campaign in 2013 which 2010 leaders describe as being “old school” and included years of walking campuses, holding meetings, shaking hands, answering questions and letting employees know what the union would be able to do for them.
It worked. In the ensuing five years, Local 2010 has added skilled trades workers at the UCLA and UC San Diego campuses. That led to skilled trades workers at UC Merced, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara coming aboard as well, followed in March by the California State system whose employees voted overwhelmingly to ratify. All told, the local has signed up more than 1,400 new members, making it very much an “educational powerhouse.”
The expanding ranks has also emphasized the need for a larger and more comprehensive communications system. Whether they’re sending out text notifications fliers or emails about petitions, work stoppages or rallies, 2010 leadership insures that its members stay plugged in.
“We have been on the ground constantly, in offices and at lunch meetings,” said 2010 Communications Coordinator Christian Castro. “The empowerment is what made us successful, showing people that by taking small steps together, they can feel empowered.”