Teamsters need resources, training and ideas to help us have a strong union and fight effectively. Rebuild 695 is our slate for Teamsters Local 695, but we’ve learned from others who’ve worked for democratic, fighting unions.
There are a few different Teamster locals in Wisconsin, organized through Teamster Joint Council 39.
We’re not the first ones who’ve ever wanted to reform our union. TDU is a membership organization for Teamsters started in the 1970’s fighting corruption in the Teamsters union. They have worked on Teamster elections and contract fights across the country, and they’ve put together some great resources on how to organize, run for office, how to be active on the shop floor and be an effective steward.
Labor Notes is a monthly newsletter for rank and file union activists about what is happening in the labor movement, including nuts and bolts explanations of how to organize everything from a union meeting to a strike. They have some great books that have been super helpful for us.
Their guide on “Rebuilding Power in Open Shop America” is a must for union activists in Right to Work states like Wisconsin.
“The Association for Union Democracy (AUD) is the only national, pro-labor, non-profit organization dedicated solely to advancing the principles and practices of democratic trade unionism in the North American labor movement. It is the premise of AUD that internal democracy makes unions stronger and better able to fight for the rights and interests of working people.” They have all kinds of resources available about the rights of union members and ways to ensure the union is democratic.