Leading up to the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention, we’re asking union members, working families and ally groups all over the country to give us their ideas on how we can build a stronger movement for working people.
These discussions on the future of the labor movement have spanned from Facebook, Daily Kos and Twitter to our 2013 convention website and 39 in-person listening sessions in the states, with more than 45 more in the works.
More than 2,800 people attended in-person listening sessions, including four regional state federation and central labor regional conferences, state federation conventions and other meetings from California to New Hampshire, New Mexico to Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina and more.
If you haven't already sent us your ideas, please visit www.aflcio2013.org so we can hear from you.
So far, some common themes from people participating in the discussions include the need to:
- Enable more people to be part of the labor movement and create new models of representation while protecting and expanding collective bargaining.
- Continue building out independence from the Democratic Party and investing in our own infrastructure and organizing.
- Communicate and educate: for those within and outside the labor movement.
- Reach and engage young workers and people of color.
- Hold corporations accountable.
- Shape new types of community engagement.
- Engage current union members and retirees.
- Build capacity and expand resources for state and local actions.
On the AFL-CIO Convention website, union leaders, journalists, academics and progressive allies, including Laura Clawson (Daily Kos), Steven Pitts (University of California-Berkeley Labor Center), David Moberg (In These Times) and Elianne Ramos (CEO of Speak Hispanic Communications and vice chair of communications and PR for Latinos in Social Media) have led online discussion topics on various questions, from engaging young workers and people of color to going on the offensive in state and political battles.
Stay tuned for discussions with Robert Reich and Saru Jayaraman (Restaurant Opportunities Centers United), among others.
Follow the conversation on Twitter, using the hashtag #1ufuture.