The Retail Action Project (RAP) is an organization of over 3,500 retail workers that was founded as a partnership between the RWDSU and community groups.
RAP provides training, information, and general assistance to all retail workers. Through leadership development and communications programs, RAP has built the voice and organizing power of non-union retail workers, while at the same time revitalizing the retail labor movement in New York by creating an energetic new base of young worker-activists. Some RAP members have joined the RWDSU, and helped organize their workplace by sharing what they’ve learned at RAP with their co-workers.
By connecting with retail workers and educating them about the union, RAP is bringing union members and unorganized workers together that they can stand up for themselves, and use their collective power to make their jobs better. It’s a core value for those of us in the labor movement, but a message that needs to be passed on to today’s workforce.
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