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The Worker Center HandbookA Practical Guide for Starting and Building the New Labor Movement$
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Kim Bobo and Marien Casillas Pabellon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704475

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704475.001.0001

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Nurturing an Awesome Board

Nurturing an Awesome Board

Chapter:
(p.192) 22 Nurturing an Awesome Board
Source:
The Worker Center Handbook
Author(s):

Kim Bobo

Marién Casillas Pabellón

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501704475.003.0022

This chapter offers suggestions on how to form and nurture a board of directors for your worker center. Every worker center needs and wants a board in order to meet legal requirements, manage effectively, and fulfill and enhance the mission and programs of the organization. A board of directors has the following broad categories of responsibilities: set program directions and priorities, provide personnel leadership, ensure the organization’s financial integrity, assure legal compliance, raise money, and represent the public to the organization and the organization to the public. This chapter provides an overview of a worker center’s board membership and the language or languages used by the board. It also discusses the importance of laying out details about how people get on the board, how long their terms are, and other information in the organization’s by-laws. Finally, it considers the shared roles between board and staff, typical problems encountered by the board, how to plan and run good board meetings, and how to create a board orientation process and training.

Keywords:   board of directors, worker center, board membership, language, by-laws, staff, board meetings, orientation, training

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