1. Organizing Within a Competitive Market(most commonly used–see definition below**) – organizing drives, litigation related to organizing, research to aid or assist an organizing effort, public relations, media events and lectures to advance organizing goals, communications, printed materials and supplies related to organizing within a competitive market, conferences and training related to organizing.
**Organizing Within a Competitive Market – where the objective is to organize employees within a geographical area and/or industries in which employers of represented employees might compete, and in which an increased level of unionized employees may benefit the collective bargaining position and representation provided by the International Union to represented employees. This category includes organizing within our core industries, including, but not limited to, retail food, meatpacking, department stores and other retail non-food, chemical manufacturing, fish or seafood processing, poultry processing, and food processing.
2. Collective Bargaining/Contract Administration – servicing members pursuant to their collective bargaining agreements, membership orientation and sign-up, economic actions including strikes, boycotts, picketing and demonstrations to maintain a unified front in support of collective bargaining objectives, public relations, media events, lectures to advance collective bargaining goals, grievance related activities, arbitration (including assistance or participation in litigation concerning bargaining unit employees), time spent administering the collective bargaining agreement, preparation and negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, bargaining committee meetings, preparation and distribution of proposals or other materials, assisting or participating in related litigation, economic or financial research in preparation for collective bargaining or to assist with administration of the agreement, member complaints about working conditions, benefits, and contract rights, time spent training workers (and preparing for the training) on rights under the collective bargaining agreement.
3. General Overhead – managing Union personnel and financial resources, supervising, General I.T. training, preparation of expense vouchers, preparation of attendance reports, trustees meetings for employee benefit plans, HR, payroll and accounting, building operations, operational support (printing, shipping, telephones, security).
4. Union Administration – formulating internal policy, attendance at convention and executive board meetings, jurisdictional disputes, local union elections, local union trusteeships, time involving jurisdictional disputes with other unions, work on 990’s and LM-2’s, time spent training workers (and preparing for the training) on governance of the union (including convention training), administration of apprenticeship and member education programs, other than political education.
*Vacation days, sick days and holidays should be reported as 100% Union Administration. Report those days where you worked half day or more.
5. Membership Services – social activities, events, gatherings designed to strengthen the Union as a cohesive and effective collective bargaining agent, time spent training workers (and preparing for the training) on: other training activities regarding conditions of employment and workers’ rights, workers’ legal rights, public relations; media events and lectures or appearances to educate or assist workers.
6. Charitable Activities & Donations – time spent working on charitable campaigns, work involving scholarships, attendance at charitable events.
7. Legislative, Political, and Government Activities – preparation of literature, phone calls, lobbying, letter writing, demonstrations or meetings related to legislative issues or campaigns for government office, activities that are political in nature, public relations, media events, lectures or appearances to advance political agendas, time spent on research to aid or assist a political drive, get out the vote, political rallies,election year programs, ABC Fundraising activities.
8. Public Relations – General (not applicable to other categories) – includes communications and public relations that don’t fit into one of the above categories, such as public relations activities to promote the union in newspapers, electronic media, radio, and television.
9. Pension – Only used by the Benefits, Accounting and IT department for time spent on US Pension activities.
10. Organizing Outside a Competitive Market(not commonly used–see definition below***) – organizing drives, litigation related to organizing, research to aid or assist an organizing effort, public relations, media event and lectures to advance organizing goals outside a competitive market, communications, printed materials and supplies related to organizing outside a competitive market, conferences and training related to organizing, preparation of pamphlets.
***Organizing Outside a Competitive Market – where the objective is to organize employees outside a geographical area and industries in which employers of represented employees might compete, and in which an increased level of unionized employees may benefit the collective bargaining position and representation provided by the International Union to represented employees. An example of organizing outside of a competitive market is organizing workers for the Bernie Sanders campaign.