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Using People Power


Enid Eckstein


[Excerpt] Local unions across the country are tapping into an important and underutilized resource as they seek to organize new members and reverse the disastrous decline in union membership. Rank-andfile union members are hard at work in many organizing campaigns across the country. Union members in SEIU, ACTWU, CWA, and many other unions have given endless hours to the struggle to organize new members.

There is nothing new in using rank-and-file members to organize new members. During the 1930's newly organized members of the CIO unions worked hard to spread the gospel of unionism. Workers fresh from one victory understood that their strength and bargaining power rested in organizing an entire industry not just one shop. Veterans of the General Motors Flint sit-down strike joined in numerous campaigns to bring justice and dignity to the auto industry.