Organizing

One of the major challenges I've encountered in starting a union in my workplace is that people who are woke enough to know we need one are also the ones smart enough to jump ship.

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But we all know one agency isn't that different from the next. They all use and abuse in the same ways. It's just the nature of the industry, they say, until we start repeating it. So let's change the nature of the industry. Give labor control. As communications and cultural workers, we could help transform more than just our industry. You can keep hopping around, chasing the dream, asking on Fishbowl which agencies beat you down the least, threatening to go client-side, or asking for advice on how to bend over backwards for your bosses. But that cycle will spin you forever until it wears you down to be exactly like everyone around you or it finally just spits you out. There's only one way to change it. Stop running, organize!

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Where are they jumping ship to? Is there a way to keep people in advertising long enough TO organize?

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Some to other agencies (McCann, JL, W+K) . Others went client side in similar roles. A few had no plans, just had to get out. A couple that went to different agencies said they were still interested and would continue working with me from their new spot but the turnover really has ground my project to a halt for now. We've recently stabilized but I've heard more layoffs are coming in winter.

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