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UALE Summer School for Union Women: Organizing

Resources for the workshops offered by the regional summer institutes for union women sponsored by United Association for Labor Education.

Organizing: Contents

The Organizing Section is in Four Parts:

Organizing Resources (this page): Links to online resources related to labor and community organizing.

Organizing Techniques: Links and videos on the hows or organizing, skills and techniques.

Sample Organizing Drives: Links to web sites devoted to organizing campaigns, short videos on specific campagins.

Anti-union Campaigns: Links and videos on union busting and union avoidance campaigns.  Why do we include this here?  Because you need to know about it, be aware that this may happen, plan for it!

Organizing Resources Online

Books on Organizing

Bobo, Kimberley A., et al.  Organizing for Social Change: Midwest Academy Manual for Activists, 4th ed..  Forum Press, 2010.The “comprehensive manual for grassroots organizers.”[available from USC and Amazon.]

Bronfenbrenner, Kate, et al., eds.  Organizing to Win: New Research on Union Strategies.  Ithaca: ILR Press: 1998.These articles by union & academic researchers present new frameworks and strategies for organizing; topics include strategic initiatives, community-based organizing, building membership, and public support.

Fine, Janice.  Worker Centers: Organizing Communities at the Edge of the Dream.  Ithaca: ILR Press,2006. Fine studies the role worker centers play in organizing and assisting low-wage and immigrant workers.

Labor Project for Working Families.  A Job and A Life: Organizing and Bargaining for Work Family Issues. Berkley, CA: Labor Project for Working Families, 2005.Designed for union leaders, activists, negotiating teams and organizers, this step-by-step guide provides the tools needed to advance a successful work and family agenda.  Order from web site:

Milkman, Ruth, et al., ed..  L.A. Story : Immigrant Workers And The Future Of The U.S. Labor Movement.  NY: Russell Sage Foundation, 2006.These 11 articles on recent union, community-based and advocacy campaigns in the Los Angeles area contain observations and best practices that apply to all efforts to organize low-wage workers in the U.S.

Slaughter, Jane, ed. A Troublemaker's Handbook 2: How to Fight Back Where You Work‑And Win! Detroit: Labor Education and Research Project, 2005.This well-known workers’ guide to organizing has been totally updated and rewritten.  Its chapters are based on the experiences of over 250 activists; their stories are followed by tips and resources.   New material is on the website; the book can be ordered there or from Labor Notes:



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