AFSCME, along with other public sector unions, has begun to ramp up its internal organizing efforts in response to a looming Supreme Court case which would eliminate agency shops overnight. The case has forced unions to take a critical look at the size of their membership base, and ask themselves how to involve more workers beyond paying fees. This means communicating to workers what the union does outside of bargaining the contract. “It is important to convert people into actual members because it shows the strength of the union,” said Andre Powell, a shop steward with AFSCME. Since the new effort began, unions like AFSCME have organized over 100,000 workers into full-fledged union members, and defeated right-to-work laws in several southern states. Photo courtesy of AFSCME Maryland
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