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The struggle for union democracy begins with the union members themselves. Use the links on the left to:
The Right to Union Democracy.
The Labor Movement can be a great force for democracy, social progress, and social justice. To fulfill that potential, it must be thoroughly democratic in its internal life. There is no effective substitute for strong, democratic unions to help workers achieve dignity and respect, to defend and increase their standard of living, and to fight for better, safer, conditions in the workplace. There is no substitute for internal union democracy to combat discrimination, fight racketeering, get rid of corruption, and oust self-serving officials. In many unions democratic rights are real and unquestioned, but in large sections of the US labor movement these rights are trampled upon and must be restored.
Read more about union democracy-- what it is, who needs it, who fought for it, who uses it, and more.
Disclaimer: the information presented on this website is general and intended for educational purposes. It is not a substitute for practical legal advice on any specific situation.
Lawyers who support labor, are sympathetic to union democracy cases and are willing to undertake a union member's case against his or her own union are few and far between. AUD works with a small group of dedicated lawyers who collectively represent decades of experience. We are now offering mentoring, by lawyers with whom we have worked for many years, for other lawyers seeking assistance with an existing case and for those who wish to break into this area of the law. Mentors prefer to serve as "of counsel," although other arrangements may be possible on a case-by-case basis.
There are two ways to become involved with our mentoring program:
1. Contact us with a specific case you are working on that you think raises issues of union democracy law and we will refer you to a mentor.
2. Let us know that you are interested in practicing in the area of union democracy law. An experienced union democracy lawyer will contact you, to discuss the practice of union democracy law one-on-one, and we will contact you again if a suitable mentoring experience becomes available in your area.
To get started:
us your resume and a short description of either a specific case you
are working on or your general interests in union democracy law and we
will contact you shortly.
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