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The Change To Win federation, a seven-union coalition that was created last year when a number of groups decided to leave the AFL-CIO, has unveiled a new organizing campaign entitled “Make Work Pay!” This new campaign will be rolled out late next month as the coalition looks to target major industries in 35 different US cities.

“The Make Work Pay! campaign is about ensuring that millions of taxpayers who are working harder and longer with less to show for it are able to be part of the American middle class," said Anna Burger, chairperson of Change to Win. “We are fighting so that individuals who work hard can earn paychecks that actually support families; receive affordable health care, have the chance to give their children a better life and count on a secure retirement.

"We are going to reach out to those workers who are not yet organized and to the members of the public that understand and support the notion that this country can't exist without a vibrant middle class. This campaign will empower the millions of workers to help them effect real change to make work pay.”

The seven unions that are part of Change To Win include: UNITE HERE, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Laborers' International Union of North America, Service Employees International Union, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and United Farm Workers of America.
KC's View:
Maybe we’re hopelessly optimistic, but it would be nice if just once organized labor would say that it would like to do all these things for members while still assuring that the companies for which they work will not only remain competitive, but also will thrive in a highly competitive environment.

Just a cockeyed optimist, we guess.