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Worker Centers Series Vol. 4NEWS!

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Vol. 4

The following was written by Michael C. Saqui of The Saqui Law Group

Agribusiness is Uniquely Susceptible...the Agrarian Rebellion

Within agriculture there is an ever growing nucleus of community based worker centers and community lead organizations that engage in a combination of service, advocacy, and organizing to provide support to low wage workers.4 They represent a relatively new approach to supporting workers in low skill and entry level jobs are particularly attuned to immigrant and minority communities because of their roots, not in the labor movement, but in community organizing. A critical question that has emerged in recent years as the centers have proliferated and grown, and as their ties to organized labor have expanded and become better recognized, is that of precisely where the boundary line lies between a worker center and a union. The answer has implications for labor and management alike for it will determine the extent to which these centers can legitimately participate, the extent to which they can disrupt business operations with impunity, and the way the laws and regulations governing labor-management relations in the US apply to them.

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