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A union officer or representative who concentrates on the tasks of recruiting new members and developing union organization. In North America, there is a long tradition of trade unions establishing separate organizing departments to extend trade unionism to unorganized companies. In recent years in the UK, there has been a similar trend and a movement towards unions employing organizers in a bid to try and reverse the long decline in union membership since the 1970s. Indicative of this trend is the establishment in 1998 by the TUC of an Organizing Academy to provide training in organizing methods. [See full-time officer.]

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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