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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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Yeah, We're Subsidizing CEO Pay, Too

Many of the same major restaurant chains that are fighting against raising wages and improving benefits and work conditions for their employees are exploiting tax loopholes to have government heavily subsidize excessive CEO compensation, according to a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), Restaurant Industry Pay: Taxpayers' Double Burden

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