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2015 Report

The AFL-CIO’s 2015 Law Student Union Summer (LSUS) program included eight first- and second-year law students who worked with seven different unions on-site at locations across the country in support of organizing and contract campaigns.

Canton, Miss. United Auto Workers
Dayton, Ohio United Food and Commercial Workers
Los Angeles United Steelworkers
New York Communication Workers of America
Oakland, Calif. International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers
Philadelphia American Federation of Teachers

LSUS interns contributed their organizing, research, analytical and legal skills, as well as enthusiasm, energy and creativity. They interviewed workers, investigated wage and hour and other labor law violations, worked with allied community organizations and worker centers and researched issues such as supervisory status, bargaining obligations and others. They engaged in community organizing and member mobilization, participated with lobbying efforts and were involved with contract negotiations and arbitrations. Most took part in grassroots organizing activities, attending rallies, leafleting, making house calls and meetings with workers.

For these interns, LSUS was a rare opportunity for an up-close, hands-on experience—hard work as uniquely rewarding and inspiring as only labor law can be. They gained valuable experience and learned a lot.

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