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Organizing+2009 - None but ourselves can free our minds Bob...

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“…None but ourselves can free our minds…” Bob Marley, Redemption Song
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Can you think of any time in your life when you, either as an individual or as part of a group, have developed a strategy and engaged in a “campaign” to get something you wanted? What was your goal? Did you conduct any background research as part of the campaign? Who were your allies? Who was your target? Who were your opponents? What were your tactics?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=wwKQ0tLIsa8&feature=related
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“Never do for others what they must do for themselves.”
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MOVING PEOPLE TO DIRECT ACTION TO: THREE ESSENTIAL PRINCIPLES Build their collective power Achieve shared goals Take greater control of their own lives Win concrete victories that improve people’s lives Give people a sense of their own power Alter the relations of power by building permanent, strong organizations
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Organizing the unorganized has always been the driving spirit behind the labor movement. Unionists understand that everything we have achieved can be taken away if we don't continue to organize. Employers pit one group against another, demanding concessions in order to be "competitive." To be strong, workers must be united.
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Employment in the United States is "At-Will." This means that your employer may terminate your employment without explanation or cause. A union contract protects you from this capricious practice. There is no labor law in America that protects your job other than what you negotiate into your union contract! I acknowledge by signing this document that I am an at will employee and my relationship with this employer may be terminated at any time or any reason or no reason.
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http:// www.pbs.org/ moyers/ journal/ 06152007/ watch2.html Bill Moyers – Andy Stern, SEIU Fighting Back! From: June 15, 2007
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87% of workers aren’t in unions Professional polls consistently show that 43% to 50% of workers who don’t have a union would vote for one if they had the chance. That’s more than 50 million workers So, what’s stopping them?
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Kate Bronfenbrenner, Cornell University
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The union is a third party, an outsider; The union will disrupt the happy family environment, we've created here; All the union wants is your dues money; give us another chance;
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