|The Association for Union Democracy for a strong labor movement|
About The Association for Union Democracy
The Association for Union Democracy (AUD) is the only national, pro-labor, non-profit organization dedicated solely to advancing the principles and practices of democratic trade unionism in the North American labor movement. It is the premise of AUD that internal democracy makes unions stronger and better able to fight for the rights and interests of working people. We provide organizing, educational, and legal assistance to those fighting for greater membership control of their unions.
As a non-partisan organization, AUD does not support or endorse candidates for union office or particular policies within unions. Rather, AUD supports actions which strengthen the democratic process, promoting membership participation, free speech and fair elections, so that union members can shape the direction and actions of their union.
AUD publishes "Union Democracy Review" and other literature reporting on the efforts of union reformers and analyzing developments in union democracy law. AUD has advised thousands of unionistsprivate sector and public sector--on their rights and how to defend them. We refer union members to attorneys with union democracy expertise, when necessary.
AUD is a clearinghouse for information about union democracy for reporters, authors, students, professors, and attorneys. AUD files amicus curiae briefs in key union democracy cases. Our intervention was decisive in establishing conditions for a fair and honest national election in the Teamsters union in 1991, and in pushing the Department of Labor to revise its regulations, blocking the use of meeting attendance rules which prevent members from running for union office.
In addition to our general program, AUD has operated several projects including: The Union Democracy Worker Education Project; The Women's Project; The Workers Rights Clinic; The AUD Steelworkers Fair Election Project; and The Longshore Workers Democracy Project.
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is on the forefront of both education and action for union democracy.
For those trying to strengthen their unions through rank and file control,
AUD offers an invaluable set of tools and ideas."
is there for unionists who have nowhere else to turn to get the knowledge
they need to protect their rights. It's a unique service to the labor
movement and working people."
staff at AUD was instrumental in helping us achieve the success we've
had. Your support, help and encouragement kept us going when we felt overwhelmed.
We were able to build a network of reformers, and learned how to play
the game. AUD was always available, an open forum for ideas, and a wellspring
of technical assistance."
appreciate AUD work on [members' rights in the union]. I too am a UA member,
Local 32, and know that constitutional rules and by-laws are "real"
threats to voicing new ideas or opposition to the status quo. This was
evident in the past international union election process. Keep up the
Benson and AUD provided me with the technical skill to figure out what
my rights were as a member of my union. AUD has provided me and thousands
of other union members with support both moral and legal, that has kept
our members in control of our unions. I will always be grateful."
educational and organizing support that AUD offered us has been invaluable.
For a workers caucus getting started with no money and no staff,
AUD provides desperately needed help. They are great folks!"
my 55 years of active union involvement there has been no more reliable
and forceful ally and champion of union democracy than AUD. Today, as
many unions search for new directions, the need for AUD with its emphasis
on concrete moves to strengthen internal membership participation remains
session at the AUD conference was the best hour and a half that CDUI ever
had. The session on National Campaigns was also excellent. We are starting
to plan regional versions of the AUD building trades conference, along
with a list serve for the trades. Keep it up."
workshop was excellent and the scenarios thought-provoking. Many of the
board members complained that they had too little time with you and recommended
that we bring you in for a much longer session next time
not only for your time and energy putting together this program but for
advancing union democracy for all members in all unions."
has been an indispensable resource to the New Directions caucus in TWU
and a tireless champion of our efforts to make the TWU more democratic
and more effective for our members. AUD has provided teachers and literature
for our stewards' classes, advice for our activists, and moral support
at every turn."
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