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Worker Centers Series Vol. 5NEWS!

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Vol. 5

The following was written by Michael C. Saqui of The Saqui Law Group

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Nationally; Labor:The AFL-CIO reports that there are now 230 worker center groups active around the country. In 1992, Rutgers Professor, Janice Fine, quoted herein, counted only five such organizations. With these groups now formally in the AFL-CIO, the labor movement stands to gain credibility among both progressives and the wider public. For all the publicity these worker centers have generated, it is still unclear whether they will succeed in organizing the workplace. Labor unions have turned to worker centers precisely because the majority of employees, which is the number necessary for unionization under the NLRA, are not interested in unionization. It is also a telling fact that the unions are more concerned with convincing the general public of the labor movement’s continued relevancy than convincing the employees they claim to represent. The simple fact remains that in this new era of social justice and Twitter revolution, companies of all sizes, big and small, are competing in an ever changing and more highly competitive market with smaller margins than ever. The consumer base is increasingly sympathetic with social justice causes and they are bombarded with messages from these groups in real time through technology.

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