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  •  can one JOIN a union (1+ / 0-)
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    even if they don't work in a unionized work environment but feel affinity for workers' issues?

    •  Unfortunately, the primary way one becomes a (2+ / 0-)
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      union member in the US (other than apprenticeship programs) is to get hired in a workplace that is already under union contract-- and there are fewer of these.  This is where affiliated groups come in.  Jobs with justice, Working America, Interfaith, etc. and more of them need to be created.

      Call these "unofficial unions" if you will, but it is IMHO the best way to spread and rebuild the labor movement, by educating people, especially the younger ones, and raising conciousness about labor issues.

      •  We need a (0+ / 0-)

        Consumers' union. Not to mention a Taxpayers' union.

        IMHO the biggest failing of the old-line unions was that it never occurred to them to use their members' dues to purchase controlling shares in the companies that employed union membership. With a controlling interest, labor could have had seats on the boards of directors. The interests of owners and employers should be the same, instead of the present adversarial, zero-sum arrangement.

        If unions had smart leadership, they'd start or purchase something like a placement firm or temp agency. Make it an employee-owned company.

        Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

        by drewfromct on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 10:42:23 AM PST

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