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February 19, 2005

6000 Union Organizers in the Field?

It looks like the proposal to cut contributions to the AFL-CIO in exchange for international unions promising to devote more resources to organizing will become a reality. Major unions representing 40% of the AFL-CIO membership met and pledged to support a Teamster proposal to cut dues to the AFL-CIO in half -- a potential $35 million cut in AFL-CIO resources -- if any union promises to devote 10% of their resources to organizing.

While a lower commitment than the ideal, if implemented across the union movement, it would still amount to a major expansion of organizing, roughly equivalent to having 6000 full-time union organizers knocking on doors across the country.

Posted by Nathan at February 19, 2005 06:51 AM