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Sample letters for enforcing your democratic rights

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A few tips on using these letters:

  • One size does not fit all. Your situation may differ from the ones in the letters. Your may have different rights or procedures in your union, depending on your union constituion or bylaws. Use these letters as a guide for writing your own. You will need to change the details to fit your situation. If in doubt, contact[LINK] AUD for advice.
  • Write for a third party. One purpose of a formal letter is to create a paper trail that you can use later on, if necessary, as evidence of your attempts to get a fair deal. When you write, remember that someone else–a judge or official–may read your letter later. Be clear, specific, and avoid personal attacks or vulgar or hostile language.
  • Wherever possible, take action as a group. There is strength in numbers; have your coworkers sign on to your letter or submit it as a petition, put it in a newsletter, and let your coworkers know what happens at each step.
  • Send your letter certified mail, return receipt requested, and keep a copy of everything.