The concept of Together is simple; if you currently belong to a union and you’ve got family members who work in places where there’s no union, you can join them up for just $1 a week. It’s a great way to help the people close to you get support with employment agreements, holiday pay, sick leave, discrimination, sexual harassment, etc.
Or if you work for an employer where there is no union or you’re a contractor you can join yourself for $1 a week. And lord knows there’s plenty of people who fit that description. A massive 90% of all the people who work in the private sector aren’t covered by a union.
So yes, this is new way of doing things but I know for sure that if we, the union movement, keep doing exactly what we’ve been doing, then we will fail. We will fail our children and our grandchildren because the union movement will be dead in a generation.
So I for one think this is a great idea. Which is just as well as I’m going to be doing a bit of work recruiting for Together over the next few months.