Civil and Workplace Rights

Working for the freedom from employment discrimination and the right of working families to fair pay, job safety, secure retirements and affordable health care have been goals fundamental to the union movement, which has long partnered with the civil rights and women’s movements and, more recently, with the LGBTQ community.

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Feb 23, 2018 | News Story

America produces more wealth today than at any time in history, yet the economic rules written for the rich and for powerful corporations have resulted in hard times for regular people.

Feb 2, 2018 | News Story

Black History Month

As America celebrates the start of Black History Month, the AFL-CIO is reaffirming its commitment to fighting for black workers who make up such a vital part of our union movement.


I AM 2018: National Moment of Silence

Feb 8, 2018 | News Story

Mary McColl, Executive Director of Actors' Equity Association, penned this column which appears in the latest issue of Variety.

Feb 1

In 1968, Memphis sanitation workers went on strike to demand fair wages and safe working conditions after workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker lost their lives on the job.

Feb 24

Join the Working People's Day of Action in New York, NY.

Thousands of working people and our allies will stand up for our freedoms and demand an end to a system that’s rigged against us. We will rise up and fight.

Jan 22, 2018 | Press Release

New York City Central Labor Council President Vincent Alvarez stated, “We applaud NY State Attorney General Schneiderman in leading this multi-state coalition, and for his steadfast support for workers across our state and country.

Jan 19, 2018 | News Story

Thursday morning, Labor leaders from New York City stood with community leaders, members of the City Council, and the broader Labor Movement around the country to kick off the I AM 20

Dec 29, 2017 | News Story

As 2017 comes to a close, it is important to look back on all that labor has accomplished this year.

Dec 18

An open forum to create solidarity across the labor and immigrant communities

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The Harry Van Arsdale, Jr. Memorial Association
The Joint Industry Board of the Electrical Industry
In conjunction with the office of Congressman Joseph Crowley