Question: What does it take to lead a union?
Carla Katz: Leading a union requires that you are able to articulate the issues that your members are feeling; that you have some ability to inspire them to act when action is needed; and that you are loyal to the members; and that you truly do represent their wishes and their ideas and not some weird version of your own. And I think that that’s what gives you sort of longevity and endurance. I mean anybody can run for union office and become, technically, a union leader. But to sort of have any longevity and stay you’ve got to really feel it. You’ve got to have a passion about it, and you have to believe that your members know what’s right.
Recorded on: February 8, 2008