My name is Neal Meyer and I got my start in politics and organizing doing labor solidarity work in college with Harvard's Student Labor Action Movement. We worked on two major campaigns while I was a member: an anti-layoffs campaign right after the recession and a "Sustainable Foods, Sustainable Jobs" campaign to support the dining hall workers' contract negotiations. I also studied American labor history, and I wrote my thesis on why it mattered that the CIO organizing campaigns of the 1930s relied so heavily on organizers who came out of the socialist movement.
After I graduated two years ago I worked with UNITE HERE in Boston on a campaign to unionize Harvard Law School's cafeteria workers. Our organizing team consisted of three students, three dining hall workers, and a union staffer. In a little more than four months we built a strong, multiracial and gender balanced worker organizing committee and won union certification with more than 90% support.
More recently I’ve been working as a voter file manager for progressive community organizing groups, unions, and civil rights organizations in Massachusetts. I help our partner organizations develop field plans in order to increase voter turnout and the political power of low-income communities. I serve on Boston DSA’s executive board and I have been an active member of our local for a little more than a year. I also help out on national DSA’s social media team, with a focus on our Facebook page.
I’m very excited to get started as YDS’s national organizer this summer, and I'm excited too to meet everyone in DSA I still have yet to meet at the October national convention!