UUP Organizing


To Build and Grow Our Union

The UUP Organizing Academy is a program for UUP members who are serious about strengthening and growing our union. It will offer fifteen workshops on organizing topics such as: one-on-one conversations, campaign planning, managing data, building teams, and more.

We are pleased to offer the following training series in the Fall 2022 semester:

The Fall courses will be online and those who sign up will receive a Zoom link. Each training is one hour long.

This training is for new and seasoned UUP union activists who want to:

100-Level Courses (Basics of Organizing) – Fall 2022

The 100-level Organizing Academy training series, Basics of Organizing, starts with the foundational skills that UUP members need to be effective organizers, as well as a solid understanding of the theory and practice of union organizing. Note that it is helpful, but not strictly required, to take all courses in order.

Organizing 101 -

Organizing Conversations:

The bedrock skill of organizing, there is no substitute for the one-on-one organizing conversation. This workshop will teach you the basic steps of a good organizing conversation, addressing and overcoming objections, and active listening. Sign up here.

Organizing 102 -

Assessments & Debriefs:

After every organizing conversation we need to stop and reflect. What just happened? What can come of it? This workshop focuses on two key aspects of a conversation campaign: assessments and debriefs. Assessment is a subtler art than it may at first appear and good organizers know that every person can be assessed in different ways. In addition to our own assessments, we need an outside perspective on our conversations. Debriefing is the practice of reporting to another organizer on your conversations to reflect on and really understand them and how to proceed. Sign up here.

Organizing 103 -

Activists, Organizers, & Leaders:

Organizing is about bringing people together. Beyond growing the organization, you also need to develop your members into leaders, activists, and member-organizers. This workshop will teach you about the different kinds of active member, how to identify good potential leaders, and how to recruit them. Essential for building your bench of potential Chapter leaders. . Sign up here.

Organizing 104 -

Union Visibility:

When someone – a UUP member or potential member, another SUNY employee, a student, a visitor, or an administrator – walks through your campus, they should be able to tell that this is a union campus and UUP has a presence. How do we build that presence? This training will cover the basics of union visibility, including bulletin board maintenance and good use of UUP identifiers. Sign up here.

Organizing 105 -

List Work, Charting, & Mapping:

If organizing combines data and relationships, this training introduces the “data” portion. You’ll learn both what data you need to keep track of when organizing your Chapter and efficient methods for storing it. Sign up here.

200-Level Courses (Basics of Organizing) – Fall 2022

The Applied Organizing series of Organizing Academy trainings takes the individual skills that member-organizers learn in the 100-level trainings and extend them to larger-scale projects: team-building and campaigns. Here is where member-organizers learn to handle organizing project coordination. Strongly recommended, but not required, that interested trainees complete the 100-level trainings. Note that it is helpful, but not strictly required, to take all courses in order.

Organizing 201 -

Planning for Power:

Effective campaigns all have a strategy: a plan to win. This workshop teaches participants the SMART planning system. This enables member-organizers to build plans that can really be followed, tracked, and accomplished. Participants will practice what they learned at the end of the training. Sign up here.

Organizing 202 -

Chapter Organizing Systems:

Every member-organizer knows how to have a one-on-one organizing conversation, but building a strong organization doesn't happen as an accumulation of conversations happening ad-hoc. It requires organizing the organizers into a team. Beyond this, your Chapter needs a representative in every relevant work area. Your reps are the eyes, ears, mouths, and hands of UUP in every part of your school. They let Chapter leadership know about the pressing issues in their areas and ensure that the members and potential members in their areas know what the latest from UUP is. This workshop will teach you how to assemble an organizing team and a rep system, and how to keep each running to make your chapter organizing successful. Sign up here.

Organizing 203 -

New Employee Outreach:

In the post-Janus public sector organizing environment, reaching and recruiting newly hired employees is the most critical task for a union’s long-term viability. This workshop will cover the elements of a good New Employee Orientation, but it is more focused on one-on-one follow up. The orientation meeting can only go so far and keeping in contact with those new employees you meet is vital for making sure all who want to join UUP have that opportunity. Sign up here

Organizing 204 -

Political Organizing:

While all unions have to worry about politics, as a public-sector union, UUP is even more directly impacted by legislation and politicians. As such, organizing for political power is a critical part building UUP. This training goes over the kinds of political organizing, how to identify and recruit good potential political activists, as well as the underlying values that inform UUP’s political commitments. Sign up here

Organizing 205 -

Running a Campaign:

We organize to build power, but to what end do we apply the power we build? To flex that muscle, we run issue campaigns to put the organization to work making life better for your colleagues and fellow members. This workshop will teach you about what a campaign is, its elements, the theory of solidarity as power, and how to identify good issues for a campaign. Sign up here

How do I sign up?

To view time options and sign up for a UUP Organizing Academy Training, click on “sign up here” next to the desired training.

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