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The Worker Center HandbookA Practical Guide for Starting and Building the New Labor Movement$
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Kim Bobo and Marien Casillas Pabellon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704475

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704475.001.0001

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Partnering with Unions

Partnering with Unions

(p.132) 16 Partnering with Unions
The Worker Center Handbook

Kim Bobo

Marién Casillas Pabellón

Cornell University Press

This chapter offers guidelines for partnering with labor unions. Some union officials were initially suspicious about the motives of worker centers. Today, international unions, state federations, and central labor councils recognize the valuable role worker centers play in reaching out to workers who are not members of unions and finding unique ways to stop or reduce wage theft. This chapter first makes suggestions on getting started with unions and for working with unions before discussing the reasons why unions want to work with worker centers, and vice versa. It also looks at some of the challenges faced by worker centers in establishing partnerships working with unions, along with the support provided by AFL-CIO to worker centers. Finally, it emphasizes the importance of building deep relationships with the unions that organize in sectors targeted by worker centers.

Keywords:   labor unions, worker center, workers, AFL-CIO, trade union, partnership, international unions, state federations, central labor councils

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