Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 126 No 4, 28 May 2021, page no.10
Inviting teachers to become members of the QTU is what QTU Union Representatives do best. They know their stuff and want everyone to join our amazing community.
To assist with their recruitment conversations, the QTU is running a Term 2 recruitment campaign from May 15 to June 25. The special offer is half price of a full year’s dues. All Union Representatives were sent an email the week before the campaign kicked off with the details.
Looking at best practice around Queensland, we have observed that our strongest QTU schools are those where the QTU is seen, heard and felt. The QTU is a normal part of school life.
So, what does that look like? Here are the five main methods that Union Representatives utilise.
- Beginning-of-year student free days – introduce the team, let them know who they are, where they are in the school, how to best touch base and why they became Reps.
- Induction – QTU Reps are a standing part of all induction programs at the school, which creates an opportunity for an introduction, a discussion on why the QTU is so important to belong to, and how to join.
- Mentoring beginning teacher programs – QTU Reps are a standing part of the MBT program, so QTU Reps can discuss the Union and the benefits of belonging to our community with all first-year teachers.
- QTU notice boards (hard copy or digital) in high traffic areas around the school.
- Staff meetings – QTU Reps are a standing agenda item at all staff meetings. Reps don’t have to speak for long, a simple “did you know the QTU has a Facebook page? Like it and keep up to date” could be a 30 second speaking point.
All five actions “normalise” the QTU. Once it is normalised, the next step is to discuss how to belong.
There are a range of recruitment resources in the Union Reps section of the QTU website. Jump on and have a look! If you would like to discuss “normalising the QTU” at your school, email me, Lynn Cowie-McAlister, at email@example.com