Across the country, activists are joining together directly with United for a Fair Economy to work on income inequality issues. This "cluster network," as we refer to it, pushes for fairer national wage and tax policies on the state and local level.
Acting loosely as our regional and local action arm, the role of the cluster network is to conduct popular educational training in their regions, work on federal legislation at the state level, and to try to move wage inequality issues into the local media.
Cluster contacts come to us in many ways. Some are longtime UFE educational trainers. Others may have simply attended a workshop. Some belong to organizations that have endorsed the Wage Gap Campaign, while others are involved with religious orders which have taken up the wage gap issue as a social campaign. Finally, some are simply concerned individuals or members of UFE.
Currently, the cluster network stands at around 200 activists from across the country. The goal in the next year is to double the number of activists working and participating in the cluster network. If you or your organization would like to join the cluster network, fill out the Cluster Network form in the back of this kit and mail or fax it in.
The cluster network is a great way to stay updated on the latest national policy dealing with wage and income inequity.
Cluster Networks Take on the Global Economy
Cluster activists were instrumental in rallying against "fast-track" legislation during the fall of 1997. Fast track would have given President Clinton the ability to push for free trade agreements, such as the expansion of NAFTA with little to no Congressional input except in the voting process. This would basically have meant that Congress could not correct trade agreements that ignored environmental or labor standards.
Cluster contacts in several swing Congressional districts wrote editorials and letters to the editor regarding this issue using data and information that was provided to them by United for a Fair Economy. The ability to use national facts and figures and link it to local people and subjects proved fruitful as anti-fast track columns began to appear on the pages of local newspapers across the nation.
Ultimately, President Clinton abandoned÷at least for the time being÷his bid for fast-track authority.