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Union uses apprentices as organizers.

Union uses apprentices as organizers

In an effort to help reverse the general decline in union membership, the Sheet Metal Workers union is experimenting with using apprentices as organizers. Union president Edward J. Carlough said prospects for success were good because apprentices are in the same young age group as the employees targeted for organizing, and "unions haven't been speaking the language of the young.'

Under the national 3-month pilot program, financed by the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association and the union, 200 fourth-year apprentices will work full time on organizing. The goal is to extend the apprentice program to 5 years, with the entire third year devoted to organizing. This would put an estimated 2,000 apprentice-organizers in the field.

The new organizing approach was initiated in Atlanta, GA, where some apprentices volunteered to recruit new members on their own time after attending an organizing seminar.
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Title Annotation:Sheet Metal Workers
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Jun 1, 1985
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