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Wall Street Journal - Tuesday March 27, 2001

Wall Street Journal - Tuesday March 27, 2001 (Front Page in the Work Week Column by Carlos Tejada) A UNION ALLY finds itself the target of an organizing drive.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a group that supports living-wage laws and curbs on predatory lending, often counts on unions for help. But a few Acorn organizers, who canvass neighborhoods on Acorn's behalf, say it opposes their attempt to unionize.

Some have alleged unfair labor practices with the National Labor Relations Board. The workers say they seek better hours and better pay, among other things.

Fellow Worker X352548, a former Philadelphia Acorn worker, says they also want the right to work in pairs, for better safety.

The workers seek representation by the Wobblies of old, the Industrial Workers of the World.

Wade Rathke, an Acorn official, says the group doesn't have anything to say about the allegations. "We've worked with unions throughout this organization's history," he says.