Unionized Hot Dog Stand

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How to Take Action:

1.      Reserve space on campus.  Reserve an outdoor space for your hot dog stand in a high-traffic area.  

2.      Invite allied organizationsAsk other conservative and libertarian groups on campus to volunteer for your event and contribute to the purchasing of supplies.  Working together with other organizations is a great way to build cooperation and advance your club's goals.

3.      Hold a planning meeting.  Make a schedule of volunteers to work the hot dog stand.  Determine which person will fill each role: cooking hot dogs, placing them in buns, adding condiments, passing out fact sheets, etc.  Go over talking points so that volunteers are prepared to counter arguments from liberal faculty and union members.  Also, designate a team leader (a "Union Boss") and one or two students to handle media inquiries.

4.      Advertise.  Regardless of when your event is held, you should send a press release to local and campus media informing them of your event.  If you hold your hot dog stand after the beginning of the semester (around Labor Day), you can advertise on campus to increase turnout.  Use Facebook, Twitter, mass e-mails, and fliers to inform students about your event.

5.      Collect the materialsSince most of what you'll need for this event is food, it's best to collect materials the day before.  You should purchase plates, napkins, hot dogs, buns, ketchup and mustard at your local grocery or bulk foods store (Buying bulk will help you save on the cost).  You will also need a table, enough chairs for each volunteer, and a small portable grill to cook the hot dogs on.  Finally, you should download a fact sheet from National Right to Work here.

6.      Prepare for opposition.  Have a video camera ready to record aggression from left-wing professors, ill-informed students and union thugs.  If someone accosts your group, ask them why they are opposed to your right to free speech.

7.      Run a unionized hot dog stand!  In order to make your point that unions destroy businesses and jobs, each volunteer should stick to one duty at the hot dog stand (just as they do in unionized workplaces).  Have one volunteer cook hot dogs, while others place them in a bun, add condiments, and plate them.  Another volunteer should hand out the fact sheets to anyone who stops by.  Each volunteer should make it clear that they are unable to do anyone else's job.  Every 3 - 4 minutes or so, your "Union Boss" (team leader) should instruct everyone to take a 1-minute "union break".  Guests will have to wait until the break is over in order to get free hot dogs again.  The process of getting a hot dog from the grill to the plate should be noticeably inefficient and time-consuming - feel free to add a little theatrics to make the situation even more inefficient and comical.

8.      Advertise again.  Following your event, send a press release and high-quality pictures to local media.  If your campus is situated in a blue-collar area, your story is sure to gain attention.

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