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High spirits at Sutter Solano strike.

Union organizers help people who work secure union representation at their worksite. A union organizer informs people (mostly nonunion workers) about their rights, identifies and develops leadership skills among workers, explains the union organizing process and helps the workers campaign for union recognition. The organizer builds relationships based on what those workers do on their jobs, the problems they face at work and challenges and inspires them to get involved with their co-workers to have a say on the job by organizing a union. The ultimate goal is for workers to build power in their workplaces by winning a binding agreement with their employer that makes real improvements in their living and working conditions.

The AFL-CIO Organizing Institute offers several training options for those interested in becoming a union organizer and includes hands-on campaign work with unions. The 10-week AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer program for law students combines front-line labor-related public interest legal work with grassroots campaigns by AFL-CIO-affiliated unions throughout the country.

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Trumka in Missouri: Racism Is Not Somebody Else's Problem, It's 'Our Problem'

In a powerful speech given at the Missouri AFL-CIO Convention, national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took time to address the shooting of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown and the issues of race and class the shooting reignited in the national conversation. Trumka emphasized that racism is still a significant issue that we face not only as a country, but as a labor movement. He noted that both Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Brown, and Lesley McSpadden, Brown's mother, are union members.

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