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March 12, 2005

Organizing a Business Before It Opens

This is what a union town looks like. The Las Vegas hotel casino industry is so organized that the union negotiates for neutrality even before a hotel opens, then talks to workers who potentially might work at the new hotel and signs them up. By the time the new Wynn Hotel Casino opens, it will no doubt be a union shop essentially on day one.

My first union job was as an organizer in Vegas back in 1988, following a harsh strike in 1984 that had nearly destroyed the union and left it on the defensive. Instead, seventeen years later, the union dominatea the industry with over 50,000 members. And this is in a "right-to-work" state.

What this took was militant tactics, smart strategy, and dedicated resources to new organizing. And that's what's needed in every union and union local across the country.

Posted by Nathan at March 12, 2005 09:50 AM