Friends and supporters of AUD and unionists seeking to better understand and uphold the democratic rights of union members, welcome to the development version of the AUD website -- uniondemocracy.org (dev). Our new website will soon be completed. Please bear with us until the new site is up. Thank you!
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, and who uses it today.)
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. Read more...
Where is the old site?
The previous version of the AUD website -- legal rights, education, books, links -- is still available on the AUD website archive site.
NOTE: 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.
AUD defends the rights of members in their unions because we believe that union democracy means a stronger and more ethical labor movement. If you find this website helpful, please contribute to AUD.