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    :: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 ::

    Will More Money and Mega-Unions Solve Problems of Past Organizing Failures? - By Harry Kelber, LaborEducator
    Stern proposes to consolidate the AFL-CIO's 57 affiliates into 15 or 20 'mega-unions,' each responsible for a particular sector of the American economy. Assuming the unlikely possibility that his plan would be adopted, it still leaves unanswered two basic questions: (1) who will do the organizing and. (2) how will it be done?

    If the unions are to expand the number and size of their organizing campaigns, they'll need better-trained lead organizers and lots more of them. The Organizing Institute offers a basic three-day training program, whose 'graduates,' even with some field training, are no match for the sophisticated 'management consultants,' who brag they can defeat union organizing campaigns 90% of the time.
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