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Abstract

[Excerpt] Inject a dose of innovation and a lot of hard work, and there are over 600 local labor councils across the United States which can be jumpstarted to play pivotal roles in labor's rebirth. Our experience in Santa Clara County (San Jose and "Silicon Valley," California) demonstrates what can be accomplished when a central body moves aggressively to realize its full promise. New initiatives such as establishing a non-profit called Working Partnerships USA to promote an economic justice agenda, and forming the South Bay Campaign Management Institute to train and support labor's candidates are rapidly becoming effective vehicles for political action, economic development, and community organizing.

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