Category: Organizing

OEA Locals Establishing Measurable Goals

The OEA Organizing Department has developed a Local Self-Assessment Tool that can aide your local in targeting crucial areas of growth.  Many locals have already begun to use this tool in order to assist them in strategic planning and goal …

Successful member organizing helps Maysville EA become first Ohio local to win back salary schedule

In 2014, midway through the freeze, the administration presented MEA with a “white knight” solution known as alternative compensation developed with the guidance of Battelle for Kids, a non-profit organization intent on tying teacher employment and pay for performance based …

The Power of Participation

By Julie Rine, Minerva Local Education Association

Part 3: Making the Most of your Community Power Study

A community power study can guide your local’s strategies and tactics during a campaign. This post examines how to make the most out of a power study and how to develop appropriate tactics to achieve your goals. It also develops a means of escalation that is tied to member involvement goals and the outcome of your tactical choices.

Part 2: Facilitating a Community Power Study

Your local would like to start a campaign to improve conditions at your workplace, and need to influence a school board leader to do so. But once goals and targets are set, your association’s members may disagree about the means to achieve your goals, or even more often, don’t know how to begin to develop a goal-oriented plan. Organizing a community power study is a great way to engage members in critical discussions about goals, power and strategic planning.

Part 1: Organizing a Community Power Study

Whether you are negotiating for a new contract or lobbying for a new law, power mapping provides a tool in which an organization can identify community stakeholders and develop a plan to influence them. Participants in a community power mapping exercise identify who has power, and then develop appropriate campaign-oriented targets, tactics and messaging. Power mapping provides a means to build community influence and pressure stakeholders to do the right thing.