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Labor Group Claims Millionth Non-union Member

by Brendan Coyne

Sept. 1, 2005 – A labor campaign to bring non-union workers into the fold of organized labor appears to be making headway, the nation’s largest organized labor organization announced yesterday.

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According to official statements, the AFL-CIO now has one million members in its Working America program.

The program is aimed at workers who toil in non-union workplaces. Among the services the two-year-old program offers are free on-line legal advice, a searchable outsourcing database and the opportunity to cast an e-vote to help determine the direction of the effort.

Members do not gain any of the traditional benefits unionization provides members. Dues are $5 a year, but most participants pay nothing, Labor Educator reported earlier this year.

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