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Take Action: 3 Steps for a better Houston

Life is better in your Union. Having a voice on the job means better pay, better health care, a more secure retirement and so much more. It means having a say in safety, staffing, and other important issues that help HOPE members do their jobs and keep Houston running.

You can take these simple steps to help make the City of Houston a better place to live and work.

Step 1:  Join Your Union

EVERY City Employee plays a role in the success of HOPE members in pushing for positive changes in the workplace.

Whether triennially negotiating for a fair Meet and Confer Agreement (CLICK HERE to VIEW) or pushing for changes at a Department level, it's clear that your numbers count.

If you're ready to be a part of the solution, then it's time to become a member (CLICK HERE) and join the fight!

As always, all conversations are private and confidential.

STEP 2: Get Active

The Secret to HOPE Member's success is Activity. We all know that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something!

That's why there are committees available that allow you to focus on YOUR interests and talents to make a real difference:

  • Membership Engagement Team (MET): If you're interested in making sure your co-workers are organized in HOPE, this is the place for you. From working on Union sponsored events to taking part in New Employee Orientations, the MET's main goal is unity for City Employees.
  • Political Action Through HOPE (PATH): Public Employees have a unique position with our ultimate bosses... WE ELECT THEM! That's why the PATH strives to educate both HOPE members and the general public on specific issues and candidates as well as monitor our elected officials to hold them accountable. The committee screen candidates and then recommend endorsements and support for those who are qualified and embrace the HOPE mission.
  • Community Engagement (The 99% Club): We provide valuable services for the City of Houston, but we're also a part of the very communities we proudly serve. The 99% Club is about HOPE Members making a difference both on and off the job. We'll take part in food drives, clean-up projects, and other programs to improve the community we live in.
  • Departmental Union Representatives (DURs): Union Representation is essential to dispute resolution and labor-management cooperation. DURs receive official training from both the City of Houston and HOPE staff to become qualified resources for fellow City Employees. This way, DURs are certified to assist with Employee Concern Resolution Processes (ECRPs), Grievances, and other formal or informal labor-management matters.
  • Contract Enforcement Team (Bargaining Council): The Bargaining Council will support the Negotiating Team that elected by HOPE Members. While the Negotiating Team is at the table with City Leaders, the Bargaining Council supports their positions by mobilizing HOPE Members around negotiations to help win the best Meet and Confer Agreement possible.

These committees aren't the end of your opportunities for HOPE activity. From Emergency Preparedness Committees to Pension Action Teams to Health and Safety Committees, HOPE Members remain flexible to take on the challenges of the future.

step 3: Stay Connected

Every member helps to build a strong and effective union by joining HOPE. As times change, it's our responsibility to be informed about Union activities and to share input so that HOPE priorities and programs can be successful.

Official HOPE bulletin boards, union and worksite meetings, and social media (Like facebook.com/hopelocal123) are all great ways to stay up to date.