Constituency Groups

Constituency Groups

The AFL-CIO is a diverse and inclusive family of working people. We advocate for all workers. Our constituency groups address the challenges that workers from diverse backgrounds face. These groups reach out to the communities they serve, build solidarity, help out with organizing efforts and ensure full participation in our movement.


Founded in 1992, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO, is the first and only national organization of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workers, most of who are union members, and our allies advancing worker, immigrant and civil rights.


A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI)

APRI’s mission, from the beginning has been to fight for racial equality, social and economic justice. The Institute works to build and strengthen bridges between labor and communities of color. With more than 150 chapters in more than 40 states, APRI members are involved in non partisan voter registration, voter education and voter mobilization efforts as well as community education projects. Working with communities of color, the institute seeks to serve as a clearinghouse for information and provides training and education vital for the community.


Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) consists of members from seventy-seven international and national unions with forty two chapters across the country. CBTU seeks to fulfill the dream of those Black trade unionists, both living and deceased, who throughout this century have courageously and unremittingly struggled to build a national movement that would bring all our strengths and varied talents to bear in the unending effort to achieve economic, political and social justice for every American.


New York City Alliance for Retired Americans

NYCARA believes that the energy and dedication of thousands of union members must not be lost in retirement. The Alliance supports vital issues and actions in support of organized labor, including picketing, demonstrations, rallies, political activism, health care, pension benefits, lobbying in Albany, Washington, D.C. and City Hall, and any action affecting the dignity of all working men and women.



The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families. LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers' rights and their influence in the political process. LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations  (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership.


Pride At Work

We seek full equality for LGBT Workers in our workplaces and unions. We work towards creating a Labor Movement that cherishes diversity, encourages openness, and ensures safety & dignity. We aim to educate the LGBT Community about the benefits of a union contract for LGBT working people, and to build support and solidarity for the union movement in the LGBT community.


Union Veterans Council

The Union Veterans Council brings working-class veterans together to speak out on the issues that impact us most, especially the need for good jobs and a strong, fully funded and staffed VA.

Additionally, we hold private enterprise and elected officials accountable for their words and actions.  We believe wholeheartedly that the ability for someone to self-identify as “pro-veteran” isn’t determined by what lapel pin they don or what catchphrase they employ; veterans face real issues that require real actions—constructive actions that lead to positive solutions.

At the Union Veterans Council, we fight every day for those who have fought for us.