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Mobilizing the Unorganized

Mobilizing the Unorganized By Amy Dean Mo Bilizing the uganizedrno Is “Working America” the Way Forward? Given the dramatic decline of union membership, the U.S. labor move- ment needs to reach out to a broader base of working- and middle-class Americans. Now more than ever, nonunion workers need an advocate, within both the economic and political realms. This idea is at the heart of Working America, Creating a Bttlegraound a national initiative established in 2003 as the Canvssa “community affiliate of the AFL-CIO.” Working deas that laid the groundwork America now claims more than three million for Working America initially developed in members. Eight years after its creation, the Ithe1980s out of a discussion about how federa- organization has demonstrated some impressive tions like the AFL-CIO could reestablish themselves capabilities; but, at the same time, it raises as bodies representing the interests of all working questions about the limitations of labor’s vision people in the country. Economists—including in using community outreach and organizing Harvard’s Richard Freeman—recommended to build an inclusive base of power. developing an “associate membership” program, Working America has been successful as an and the AFL-CIO’s Committee on the Evolution independent political operation in battleground of Work propelled the idea http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Labor Forum SAGE

Mobilizing the Unorganized

New Labor Forum , Volume 21 (1): 8 – Feb 1, 2012

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SAGE
Copyright
© 2012 Joseph S. Murphy Institute, CUNY
ISSN
1095-7960
eISSN
1557-2978
DOI
10.4179/NLF.211.0000010
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By Amy Dean Mo Bilizing the uganizedrno Is “Working America” the Way Forward? Given the dramatic decline of union membership, the U.S. labor move- ment needs to reach out to a broader base of working- and middle-class Americans. Now more than ever, nonunion workers need an advocate, within both the economic and political realms. This idea is at the heart of Working America, Creating a Bttlegraound a national initiative established in 2003 as the Canvssa “community affiliate of the AFL-CIO.” Working deas that laid the groundwork America now claims more than three million for Working America initially developed in members. Eight years after its creation, the Ithe1980s out of a discussion about how federa- organization has demonstrated some impressive tions like the AFL-CIO could reestablish themselves capabilities; but, at the same time, it raises as bodies representing the interests of all working questions about the limitations of labor’s vision people in the country. Economists—including in using community outreach and organizing Harvard’s Richard Freeman—recommended to build an inclusive base of power. developing an “associate membership” program, Working America has been successful as an and the AFL-CIO’s Committee on the Evolution independent political operation in battleground of Work propelled the idea

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Published: Feb 1, 2012

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