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    :: Monday, January 15, 2007 ::

    Building a Democratic Army of Volunteer Organizers - : Article 2 by Harry kelber
    There are roughly between 13 million and 15 million union members, working and living in major cities and towns throughout the United States. They represent, potentially, a very powerful economic and political force. It would take considerably less than one percent to create an army of 100,000 volunteer organizers. Could it be done? What would be required?

    The first step would be to call on the nation's influential labor activists to join a Provisional Committee of 100 that would lay the basis for the proposed democratic army of volunteer organizers.

    As a top priority, the committee would use all available means, especially the Internet, to reach out to union members in workplaces and local labor organizations throughout the country with a convincing message of why it is imperative that they become active in rebuilding the labor movement. Union members have to realize that their jobs are in jeopardy, and they can no longer leave it to their officers to fight the aggressively anti-union corporations.

    (To become a member of the Committee of 100, send an e-mail to: join@ranknfile.net, giving your name, address, phone number; international and local union and what union position you hold.)
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