Tips for Virtual Meetings and for Using Zoom and GoToMeeting


When we can’t meet in person with members, co-workers and employers, we can still continue to do the work of our union. Using internet-based resources like GoToMeeting, WebEx, Skype, Zoom*, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger video chat, WhatsApp video chat and traditional telephone conference calls, we can meet with members, plan with local executives or negotiating committees, update the membership and so on.

We’re not all as familiar with these tools as we are with face-to-face meetings, so it is a good time to try learning some new skills. Here are some suggestions so you can have a positive experience, ensure that everyone who wants to gets a chance to speak and be productive.

Many platforms are now offering free accounts to help users communicate during a time of physical distancing.

How to make virtual meetings (of three or more people) more effective:

Advice for using GoToMeeting successfully:

Advice for using Zoom successfully:

*Recently, there have been a number of security and privacy breaches with Zoom, to the extent that many businesses, school boards and government bodies have banned its use. Accordingly, the USW IT Department does not suggest or support the use of Zoom. The following advice is given with the recognition that Zoom has become the platform of choice for millions of people across North America and the globe. Our union does not recommend its use, particularly for the exchange of any confidential information.

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