By Pete Marchese, Director of Operations, Union Built PC Inc.

It has been a tough road for Labor Unions in the Information Technology age.  They have been hampered by lack of funds, and the technological knowledge required to represent their membership effectively.  Conversely, large companies and corporations have unlimited resources and have used this to their advantage at the bargaining table.

Transforming Labor with Technology:

Union Built PC Inc. stands as a fully unionized establishment, comprised of Union Members with extensive experience in the Labor Industry, serving as members, officers, and activists for many decades.  Founded in 2001, our recognition of the imperative to furnish union-centric solutions for Labor Unions, Internationals, and Affiliated Organizations led us to develop cutting-edge Digital Age tools essential for negotiating and bargaining contracts with heightened efficiency.  Our Labor Union Software (Grievance Manager) and Hardware go beyond meeting these needs.  By “leveling the playing field” between sizable corporations and the Labor Industry, we empower Union Officers to represent their membership more effectively.

Labor unions can leverage technology and level the playing field in many areas to catch up to the level of technology that large corporations have:

First and Foremost – A Robust Automated Grievance and Arbitration Tracking System:

Must include automated tracking and reporting capabilities. The ability to allow workers and union representatives to easily track the status of grievances, including dates of submission, updates, and resolutions.  Automatic notifications and reminders should be set up to keep workers and union representatives informed of any important deadlines and milestones, ensuring that grievances are not overlooked or delayed.  Able to generate detailed reports and analytics, providing valuable insights into the grievance management process. Union representatives can then be able to analyze trends and patterns, identify recurring issues, and make data-driven decisions to address systemic problems. These reports can also be used for negotiating with management, demonstrating the need for policy changes or improvements in the workplace.   We urge you to consider to consider GRIEVANCE MANAGER when choosing.

Digital Communication Platforms:

Utilize digital communication platforms and tools for effective communication among union members. This includes using email lists, online forums, social media groups, and messaging apps to disseminate information, organize events, and mobilize members.

Union-Centric Hardware:

Servers, Desktops, Laptops, Tablets, and Network Hardware specifically customized and configured for Training Centers and Union Offices by Union Members.   https://unionbuiltpc.com

Data Analytics:

Employ data analytics tools to gather insights on workforce trends, member demographics, and industry dynamics. This data can inform union strategies, negotiation tactics, and member engagement initiatives.

Online Voting and Surveys:

Implement online voting and survey platforms to facilitate democratic decision-making processes within the union. This allows members to participate in elections, approve contracts, and provide feedback on union activities conveniently and securely.

Virtual Training and Education:

Offer virtual training and education programs to empower members with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the changing labor landscape. This can include webinars, online courses, and interactive workshops on topics such as collective bargaining, workplace rights, and technology literacy.

Mobile Apps:

Develop mobile apps specifically designed for union members to access resources, receive updates, and engage in advocacy efforts on the go. These apps can include features such as event calendars, news feeds, contract databases, and action alerts.

Online Resource Centers:

Create online resource centers or portals where members can access relevant information, tools, and resources related to their rights, benefits, and collective bargaining agreements. This centralized digital hub enhances transparency and accessibility for union members.

Social Media Campaigns:

Launch social media campaigns to raise awareness, build solidarity, and mobilize support for union initiatives and causes. Utilize platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to amplify messages, share success stories, and connect with a broader audience.

Collaborative Platforms:

Implement collaborative platforms and project management tools to streamline internal processes, coordinate activities, and foster collaboration among union leaders and staff members. This enhances efficiency and effectiveness in planning and executing union campaigns and activities.

Online Advocacy Tools:

Utilize online advocacy tools, such as petition websites, digital lobbying platforms, and virtual town hall meetings, to engage policymakers, stakeholders, and the public on key labor issues and legislative priorities.

Cybersecurity Measures:

Prioritize cybersecurity measures to protect sensitive member data, maintain trust, and safeguard against potential cyber threats and attacks. This includes implementing encryption protocols, multi-factor authentication, and regular security audits to mitigate risks and ensure data privacy.

Since 2001, Union Built PC Inc. has been in the vanguard leading Labor into the Information Technology Age.  We stand ready to assist all Internationals, Nationals, Locals, and Training Centers in this endeavor.  By embracing technology and leveraging digital tools, labor unions can strengthen their organizational capacity, enhance member engagement, and effectively advocate for the rights and interests of workers in the digital age.


Contact Information:

Pete Marchese, Director of Operations
Email: pete.marchese@unionbuiltpc.com
Tel: 631-987-6257