|Full name||Working America|
|Head union||Karen Nussbaum, executive director|
|Office location||Washington, D.C.|
Working America is the political organizing arm of the AFL-CIO. Its membership is made up of non-union individuals. It is the largest non-union workers' group in the United States, with a self-reported membership of 3.2 million individuals. Working America advocates for progressive policy issues. The organization recruits people in working-class neighborhoods on their doorsteps in an effort to persuade them to support labor-backed candidates at election time.
Working America undertook its first nationwide activities in the 2004 U.S. presidential election. It organized a "Show Us The Jobs" bus tour of workers throughout the Midwest. The tour was critical of President George W. Bush's policies.
Working America was active in the 2006 midterm congressional elections. More than 100,000 activists engaged in grassroots political electioneering. Working America activists were credited by the press and Democrats for helping to deliver federal and state victories in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
In 2007, Working America began a campaign to build support for universal health care. The group established a "Health Care Hustle" website on which consumers could post stories about how lack of health insurance or under-insurance led to significant financial, health or other problems. Working America promised to launch a campaign against the organization or corporation which received the most "horror stories." The effort built upon a previous campaign by Working America in mid-2006 in which the organization asked the public to submit stories about "bad bosses."
Working America opposes liquor store privatization. It supports the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion. The organization advocates for an increased minimum wage and universal health care.
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