Organizing and growing gives us more power. Despite AFSCME’s successes, union membership is down nationwide, even in the public sector. And with state budgets getting tighter, politicians will look for ways to reduce public-sector payrolls. Unless we organize, the percentage of workers represented by unions will decline, which will weaken our bargaining power. The more members our union has, the more powerful we are in the workplace and with the politicians who make decisions that affect our work and lives.

Why is organizing important?

In the face of attacks that may target organized labor, we must remain vigilant and resilient in how we build power at the workplace. We must harness our members' energy, tap our leaders' strength and be creative in how we build a modern union in the face of serious challenges. We must recognize that this herculean challenge is actually a golden opportunity. And we will succeed.


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