We are all products of our life experiences. Our gender, religion, race, and culture, among other factors, help define ourselves and our values. Although we may differ from our co-workers, through understanding we can foster a spirit of cooperation.
Our workplaces are characterized by this diversity. The diverse composition of today’s workforce an the cultural clashes it can produce require us to pay attention to our differences; not only so that we can work together successfully, but so that we learn to value and take advantage of our differences.
We must attempt to better understand our differences and work through our prejudices so that we can celebrate and respect our diversity. Different does not mean better or worse, inferior or superior.
We must remember that we share two things in common – our union and our struggle for justice on the job. This is what unites us.
Effective communication is essential in dealing with generational conflict in the union context. Clarity, open, and hones “over communication” is recommended; in the age of email and text messaging, face – to – face contact is still essential even if the same information might be repeated. Avoiding assumptions is critical, especially when union sisters and brothers ask questions; most people are not trying to be disrespectful, so it is important to ask one’s motive if unsure fo the source of confusion or questioning.
CWA Next Generation Committee
CWA recently formed a Next Generation Committee that is composed of multigenerational members and addresses issues of work mobility, social networking, training, mentoring, and effective ways to engage younger CWA members in union activities.
For more information on the CWA Next Generation click here.
For the CWA Next Generation: The New Democracy video click here.