Online Labor Resources

The links below are provided as a source of reference to help keep you informed about the efforts and activities of the labor movement.

Partnering Organizations

Consortium for Worker Education The Consortium for Worker Education (CWE) is a private, non-profit agency that provides a wide array of workforce preparation, industry specific training and employment services to over 70,000 New York City workers annually, including union members, New Americans and dislocated workers.


New York City Alliance for Retired Americans In 1981, the Central Labor Council founded a Sub-committee on Aging to fight the growing threats to Social Security, Medicare, SSI, Older Americans' Act and pension rights - programs designed to protect retired Americans and make life better for their families - and to activate retirees. Over the years the sub-committee evolved into what is now the New York City Alliance for Retired Americans (NYCARA).

Labor Organizations

National AFL-CIO
The American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) web site provides a vast array of information about today's unions, joining a union, and the Working Families agenda.

Change To Win Federation
Change to Win was founded in September 2005 by seven unions and six million workers devoted to building a movement of working people. Change To Win is uniting workers in industries such as hospitality, construction, retail, food processing, healthcare, and trucking and transportation, among others.

New York State AFL-CIO
The New York State AFL-CIO represents more than 2.5 million members whose occupations are as diverse as the Empire State itself. Its web site provides information about the NYS AFL-CIO's activities, labor councils, and much more.

New York State Building and Construction Trades Council

Actors' Fund

Academic Links

Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies
(SUNY Empire State College)
This Center provides Labor Education on the college level. Students can pursue degrees in six areas. labor studies; cultural studies; social theory, social structure and social change; historical studies; interdisciplinary studies; and business, management and economics.

NYU Labor Archives
The NYU Tamiment Institute Library & Wagner Labor Archives is a research collection documenting the history of American radicalism and labor from the late 19th century to the present.

Union Label & Service Trades Department
Look for the union label and learn more about the products and services produced in America by union members.

The Queens College Worker Education Center
The Center provides undergraduate and graduate college degree programs for union members at its mid-Manhattan Extension Center and through its on-campus LEAP program. The Center offers two certificate programs in partnership with the Central Labor Council: Labor and Civic Participation as well as the Union Semester (see below). The Center also sponsors monthly labor breakfast forums, conducts research, organizes conferences, issues educational materials on matters of vital concern to labor, and publishes New Labor Forum, a national journal of ideas, analysis and debate.

New York Union Semester
Now in its third year, Union Semester is a unique "semester away" program offered by Queens College/CUNY which provides students with a hands-on opportunity to intern with a labor union or affiliated organization in New York City while taking courses in labor studies.

Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Labor Studies Center

National Labor College, George Meany Campus

Research and Statistic Links

Economic Policy Institute

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Fiscal Policy Institute

Good Jobs First

Cultural Links

New York City Labor Chorus
The New York City Labor Chorus, with 75 members representing over 20 labor unions and District Councils, was founded in 1991. Our Chorus promotes union solidarity by expressing through song the history and ongoing struggles of workers for economic and social justice. Our dynamic repertoire combines the power and culture of union music with the great gospel, jazz, classical and folk traditions.

Bread and Roses Cultural Project
Bread and Roses was founded in 1979 as a cultural resource for union members and students in New York City who would otherwise have little access to the arts.

Labor Arts
Labor Arts is a virtual museum; we gather, identify and display images of the cultural artifacts of working people and their organizations. Our mission is to present powerful images that help us understand the past and present lives of working people.

Safety Links

NYCOSH, the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, is a non-profit coalition of 200 local unions and more than 400 individual workers, physicians, lawyers and other health and safety activists - all dedicated to the right of every worker to a safe and healthful job.

Government Links

The Official New York City Web Site
Information about New York City agencies, programs and services.

New York City Council
Comprehensive information about the City Council's activities including a calendar of events, recent bulletins as they occur concerning Council Legislations, local laws and a Council member address book.

New York City Office of the Comptroller
Comprehensive information about the City government including the Comptroller's Bureau of Labor Law.

New York State Commission on Lobbying
Updates on local lobbying provisions.

The Public Advocate for the City of New York
An excellent site that enables you to get the most out of the government you pay for; and read the Investigations, Alerts, and Legislation that the Public Advocate is working on.