The unity pin: what do you do with it?

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The unity pin: what do you do with it?

Postby JimBoice » February 1st, 2013, 7:59 pm

NJEA Unity Pin

• What is a unity pin?

o In 1966, the NEA Executive Committee adopted the unity symbol as the “collective membership mark” of the united teaching profession. In short, the unity symbol shows education moving forward through a never-ending, ever- changing pattern with you, for you, and by you.

o The NJEA Unity Pin can be presented to a first-year member at an official association organizing event.

• During an association’s new member installation ceremony, the unity symbol could be described and then the pin handed out to each new member. Some locals refer to this as the “pinning ceremony.” At the pinning ceremony, the NJEA video: Honoring our past; imagining our future could be played (9 minutes; request a copy from your NJEA regional office).

• Consider ordering lanyards with your association name printed upon them. Members can be encouraged to attach the unity pin to their lanyards and wear them every day.

o Contact your regional NJEA UniServ office to order unity pins for your members. THE UNITY PIN HAS BEEN *SLIGHTLY* REDESIGNED AND WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON! :D
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
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Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
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Re: The unity pin: what do you do with it?

Postby JimBoice » February 1st, 2013, 8:00 pm

The video, Honoring our past; imagining our future, can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBL89Ngjklc
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UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

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Re: The unity pin: what do you do with it?

Postby JimBoice » February 1st, 2013, 8:20 pm

The Membership Matters video can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw-ICqtzsDE
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UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

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Re: The unity pin: what do you do with it?

Postby JimBoice » June 6th, 2013, 9:30 am

This tip comes to us from one of our field reps. He says that you can encourage your members to wear unity pins or any other association themed clothing and accessories by sponsoring a fun contest. Something to the effect of, "get caught with your unity pin and win a _________." You can offer your members a fun prize for wearing their association merchandise. Be creative when brainstorming prizes! They need not be material in nature. :mrgreen:

Just asking a couple of your members to wear your association merchandise can have a domino effect. It's also nice to remind your members the day or night before the themed-day is planned. . .
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

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Re: The unity pin: what do you do with it?

Postby gilroy » June 21st, 2013, 5:49 am

Many ESP members work different shifts and hours, and may also have second jobs. In future years, they will become more efficient in their work lives but, for now, they are likely running on empty. Compound that with continuing education courses and all they want to do with extra time is to sleep and have some fun. In other words, don’t be too discouraged if many do not attend your events.
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Re: The unity pin: what do you do with it?

Postby JimBoice » August 12th, 2013, 6:34 pm

I recently met a local president who experienced success in her members wearing the pin immediately following a contract ratification. At the ratification meeting, the president explained the significance of the pin and how being unified and standing together helped the local achieve a decent settlement. Her talk made wearing the pin relevant to her members.
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

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Re: The unity pin: what do you do with it?

Postby JimBoice » August 27th, 2013, 2:33 pm

We have been speaking to a number of members recently in an effort to write a recommended message that local leaders could say when distributing unity pins. It is uncommon to find members who wear the unity pin on a daily basis, but a few locals have made it relevant to their members and are experiencing success with their efforts.

It is important to not just place the unity pins in members’ mailboxes. Although the pins have been redesigned and are more attractive, members are not going to wear them unless local leaders do a little bit of work. We have found that members will wear the pins if:

-- they understand what they mean.
-- the local makes wearing them relevant.

It is important to remember that we cannot expect our members to wear their unity pins if our local leaders (including building reps) are not. Just as in any organizing activity, it is important to set a good example for members to follow.

Here is a brief message that you could say to your members when giving them the unity pin. Of course, you can customize this any way you wish in order to make your efforts more successful. If you do customize the message, feel free to post here on the Message Board what you said so other local leaders can benefit from your successes.

“Here is your official NJEA Unity Pin. This pin and the symbol on it speak to how our association supports our profession. Take a moment to look at the symbol and learn the thinking behind its design by studying the attached placard. Let’s take a moment to read it together.

(Read the description of each shape on the placard).

We encourage you to wear your pin every day to work as it represents how much stronger we are when we are unified in support of our profession as school employees. In other words, we are stronger in numbers. When you see a pin, you know you have met someone who has committed to making his or her school successful and will help you be successful, too. The pin represents the fact that we are all in this profession together, whether we are an ESP member or a certified staff member. No one can wear these pins like we can because we are committed to our schools, each other, and our profession. The pin represents everything that we stand for, and the things that we stand for are worth fighting for.

So, if you are ever having a bad day, take a look at your pin and consider the fact that you are part of a family of almost 200,000 members all across the state. Your pin represents your membership into this family and shows that you are not alone.

Wear your pin with pride.”
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

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Re: The unity pin: what do you do with it?

Postby JimBoice » September 24th, 2013, 9:30 am

We recently received this idea from one of our field reps. She writes:

"Inherently, I don't like the idea of a contest as an incentive to wearing the pin as members should wear no matter what. But say that a president encourages his or her members and after awhile sees a downturn in pin wearing. A "contest" to win additional association apparel might be fun!

A suggestion for an incentive to wear it could be a contest. Every member found wearing their pin on certain random days of the month would entered into a drawing, and every time they are found wearing the pin they get a ticket. The match to the ticket goes into a bucket, and at the end of the semester a winner is drawn. the winner could receive a gift card or even better: an association sweatshirt, for example."

:mrgreen:
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

http://www.facebook.com/NJEAPRIDE
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Re: The unity pin: what do you do with it?

Postby JimBoice » December 18th, 2013, 11:16 am

Another inspiring statement to encourage members to encourage members to become involved:

"the value of your local association is your involvement in it. The more you get involved, the more you get out of it, and the more valuable it becomes. The more you get involved, the more of a positive impact you can have upon your job and the profession." :mrgreen:
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UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

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