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Become a Union Organizer

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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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Take Action Today--Stand With Walmart Workers!

Today is Black Friday, and Walmart workers and their supporters across the country are calling on the mega-retailer to put an end to retaliation against workers who speak out for better pay and working conditions. There are several ways you can show your solidarity today and help Walmart workers get their fair share of the billions in profits the Walton family earns every year from the hard work of their employees.

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