When the Executive Board of Local 921, Baltimore County Government Employees, found out that there were dozens of employees who were not paying dues or service fees, they decided to do something about it. The Local came up with an ambitious plan to sign up at least fifty of these employees before the end of March.
Led by President Norman Anderson, the executive board, shop stewards and VMOs held one-on-one meetings with every employee on the list. They explained the benefits of membership, listened to employee concerns and asked them to join AFSCME, so they could build power together. It was not easy work and they faced a lot of tough questions, but the leaders never quit.
Their never quit attitude produced results, and at the April Local meeting President Anderson announced the Local met their goal. The organizers signed up 51 new members, nearly 95% of the employees they spoke with. Council 67 salutes the leaders and organizers of Local 921 for their commitment to organizing for themselves, for the community and for workers they represent.
By Ryan Genovese
Senior Staff Representative