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At the end of the day It’s all about…. ORGANIZING Back to Basics. “I can’t afford my girlfriend @ $6.55”. “Governor turns his back on state employees”. “We’re fighting furloughs, holiday cuts”. “Governor wants another 5% pay cut”. Gov. snubs state workers. RTSC Goals.

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rtsc goals
RTSC Goals

Engage our membership

2.Do real representation

3. Be relevant in members lives

4. Step up politically

5.Cultivate a culture of performance and recognition

6. Provide training for everyone with responsibilities

the relational organizing method
The Relational Organizing Method:

“Organizing is providing people with the opportunity to become aware of their own capabilities and potential.”

— Fred Ross, Sr.

THE most effective union representation is grounded on a proven logical method, “Relational Organizing.”

Relational Organizing is also referred to as the Constant Organizing Goals method-“the COG method”

All good “Organizing” is or includes “Relational Organizing.”



Building power based on mutual, shared self-interests.

But it is not about “touchy feely” feelings.

Organizing is about an outcome:



Relational Organizing:

  • Requires unions to build public relationships involving a quid pro quo interchange driven by self-interest and guaranteed by mutual accountability.
nature of relational organizing
Nature of Relational Organizing

Relational Organizing using the COG method is characterized by:

  • Listen: To build power and relationships.
  • Plan: To strategically plan and navigate the path from goals to the tactics.
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Nature of Relational Organizing
  • Relational Organizing using the COG method is characterized by:
  • Act: To deploy the Strategies and employ the tactics
  • Evaluate: To assess and adjust the union’s collective, concerted actions.
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Nature of Relational Organizing

A COG cycle consists of four logical, sequential steps:


"To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals - this alone is worth the struggle."

William Penn

the cog method
Richard Boyd’s Iron Rule:

“Never do for others what they refuse to do for themselves.”

The COG Method

All effective Relational Organizing includes:

Saul Alinsky’s Iron Rule:

“Never do for others, what they can do for themselves.”


organizing dynamics drive action
The dynamic that always drives organizing is :


Escalate  ➙

Agitate   ➙  

Educate   ➙

Organizing Dynamics Drive Action


action requires accountability
Effective organizing requires both thoughtful and sophisticated action and trained organizers.

Feed-back and accountability must be an integral part of the action.

Action Requires Accountability
strategic components of strategy
An “Offensive Strategy”

A “Defensive Strategy”

A “Score Keeping” Strategy

Strategic Components of Strategy

Effective multi-faceted action requires at least three “Grand Strategies”:

strategic components the act step
Build power; and

Exert power

Strategic Components:The ACT Step

The Offensive Grand Strategy employs relational and issue organizing to:

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Legitimate union organizing & bargaining

Protect organizing strategies and tactics

Shift the balance of bargaining leverage

Constrain the employers’ “bargaining” options

Strategic Components:The ACT Step

The Defensive Grand Strategy employs litigation to:

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Promote compromise

Memorialize organizing gains and losses in an enforceable contract

Set the new status quo on wages, hours, and conditions of employment

Strategic Components:The ACT Step

The Score Keeping Grand Strategy employs bargaining to:

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Assess the accuracy of their perception of members' goals

Measure their progress toward objectives

Assess and adjust their strategies

Assess and adjust their tactics


The “EVALUATE” step where unions:

The big picture - the ONLY effective way a union can learn.


In the “Evaluate” Step, unions MUST consider & reflect on:

What did we accomplish?

What did we fail to accomplish, yet?

What did we do right / well?

What could we have done better?

What did we learn?


After each action, evaluate to determine:


Do we want to go there? Why?

  • How do we get there?
continuous organizing goals
Continuous Organizing Goals

Power, Knowledge & Experience Base