National Labor Relations Act -- Latest Developments -- Union Organizing Activity

Date: January 22, 2004
Unions focus efforts, funds on organizing. At its convention in San Francisco, the United Food and Commercial Workers announced that the union is making progress in implementing an “organizing culture.” Marc Perrone, the group’s executive vice president and director of organizing, told nearly 2,000 delegates, “Organizers are now listening to workers, not just talking to them.” To support that mission, the delegates agreed to pay as much as $3.50 more in dues each month over the next five years. In a separate development, members of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE) also approved an increase in dues, which will primarily be used to expand organizing efforts. New political organization receives funding boost. The Partnership of America’s Families, a new union-backed political organization that was launched in March, has already received more than $1 million in funding from the AFL-CIO and two major unions. According to the organization’s first financial disclosure report, it received more than $520,000 from the AFL-CIO, $500,000 from the Service Employees International Union, and $250,000 from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Workers. The enclosed materials have been prepared for general informational purposes only and are not intended as legal advice.