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  • Working America is an allied organization of the AFL-CIO which works to build alliances among non-union working people. Working America is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization which provides workers who are not union members input into the policies, goals, and legislative efforts of the AFL-CIO. It also recruits people to help with letter-writing campaigns, phone banks and other activities to promote causes important to the labor federation. The organization was founded on September 1, 2003—Labor Day. A pilot project had been conducted throughout the summer of 2003 in Cleveland, Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio and Seattle, Washington. The organization was launched nationally that fall. The organization's executive director is Karen Nussbaum. The organization enrolled more than 1 million members by the fall of 2005 and 2.5 million by the fall of 2008. Working America undertook its first nationwide activities in the 2004 U.S. presidential election. It organized a widely publicized bus tour of workers throughout the Midwest. Working America was very active in the 2006 midterm congressional elections. More than 100,000 activists engaged in grass-roots political electioneering.

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