The Central Labor Council (CLC) Working Group brings together labor educators, researchers and unionists interested in promoting the work of central labor bodies and state federations.
The group is currently working with the AFL-CIO to engage labor educators in the central labor body work that has come out of the AFL-CIO's 2013 convention. We are also documenting the ways in which university-based labor educators work with and support the tranformation of labor councils and federations so that such experiences can by shared at the annual UALE conference and through other means.
In recent years the group finished two research projects. One analysized the realtively successful efforts of AFSCME and the IBEW to get their affiliates engaged with their central labor boodies. There other documented and evaluated the work of new young worker groups that are part of or have affiliated with central labor councils.
For ten years the working group drove the Building Regional Power Research Project along with the AFL-CIO CLC Advisory Committee and AFL-CIO Staff. The project documented how local labor movements are developing systematic strategies for achieving regional power. Such strategies integrate significant coalition building, sophisticated political action, non-profit research arms, a progressive agenda for regional economic development, and concrete policy and organizing victories. Research conducted tells the story of labor and community innovation in places such as Los Angeles, San Jose, Denver, Houston, Cleveland, Seattle, Boston, Atlanta and more. The materials were designed to circulate widely within and outside the labor movement and made a significant contribution to debates over the future role of central labor councils and state federations. The research fed into a book length study entitled A New New Deal: How Regional Activism Will Reshape the American Labor Movement, by Amy Dean and David Reynolds, published by Cornell University Press. As this model continues to grow the work group's materials are still very relevant. Look for the case studies to be available in the resource section of this page.
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University of West Virginia
To learn more about the working group, or to join, please contact Jason Kozlowski.
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