Your union needs you
Thursday 16th February 2006
A strong membership means the NSWNA has more power to protect nurses` rights and entitlements, according to Assistant General Secretary Judith Kiejda. `We need new members to build and keep the NSWNA strong. One of the most effective ways members can make a difference is to actively recruit non-members.`
8 ways to recruit new members
- Try to meet new employees during an orientation to the workplace.
- After explaining the union benefits to a non-member, ask them to sign up then and there and offer to send the application form to the NSWNA yourself.
- If a non-member refuses to join first time around, talk to them again once they’ve seen the positive results of union action.
- Never assume that your colleague or friend is a member of the Association. It’s always best to ask them, and if they are not, invite them to become a member. Nurses often say that they have wanted to belong to the Association but have just never been invited to join!
- In larger facilities, it’s important to identify an activist in every ward or unit who will talk to new nurses about the benefits of the Association. It is important to cover not only day shifts, but nights and weekends, as well.
- Branch officials are encouraged to gain access to orientation programs in order to talk to newly employed nurses.
- Have a membership drive. The Association’s Campaigns Team is always happy to talk to you about recruiting tips, and will be happy to sponsor a BBQ, morning or afternoon tea and/or provide your branch /workplace with promotional items that will assist in attracting existing and new members to branch meetings or events.
- Another way is to ask the Campaigns Team to book an ‘Association Comes to the Workplace’ visit to your workplace. These are great opportunities for branch officials to raise their profiles across the workplace.