|Affiliated with:||Workers' Voice|
- 1 History
- 2 Leadership
- 3 2014 elections
- 4 2012 elections
- 5 Issues
- 6 Super PAC
- 7 Support/opposition to ballot initiatives
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, commonly known as AFL-CIO, is a national trade union center. The labor organization is the largest federation of unions in the United States, representing more than 11 million workers.
The mission of the AFL-CIO is as follows:
"The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations is an expression of the hopes and aspirations of the working people of America. We resolve to fulfill the yearning of the human spirit for liberty, justice and community; to advance individual and associational freedom; to vanquish oppression, privation and cruelty in all their forms; and to join with all persons, of whatever nationality or faith, who cherish the cause of democracy and the call of solidarity, to grace the planet with these achievements. We dedicate ourselves to improving the lives of working families, bringing fairness and dignity to the workplace and securing social equity in the Nation."
It was formed in 1955 when the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged. From 1955 until 2005, the AFL-CIO's member unions represented nearly all unionized workers in the United States. The largest union in the AFL-CIO is the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), with more than one million members. The membership of the AFL-CIO has reduced greatly since 2005 when several large unions split away from the federation to form the Change to Win Federation.
The AFL-CIO is governed by its members, who meet in a quadrennial convention. Each member union elects delegates, based on proportional representation. Those delegates set the policies and goals of the union movement and elect the top three officers, the president, secretary-treasurer and executive vice president, as well as 54 vice presidents.
The elected officials make up the AFL-CIO Executive Council, which guides the daily work of the organization. Between council meetings, daily work is governed by the Executive Committee.
The top officers are as follows:
- President: Richard Trumka
- Secretary-Treasurer: Elizabeth Shuler
- Executive Vice President: Tefere Gebre
2014 data was not available as of December 16, 2013.
According to Open Secrets, AFL-CIO spent $22,241,592 in the 2012 election cycle.
In the 2012 election cycle, AFL-CIO supported the following candidates:
|Top 5 largest AFL-CIO expenditures in 2012|
The AFL-CIO discusses the following issues on its website:
- Jobs and Economy
- Excerpt: "A good job that pays wages to support our families and a strong economy that enables everyone to attain and maintain a middle-class life are the foundations for a healthy nation and fundamental for America’s working families."
- Excerpt: "Health care is a basic human right. America’s labor movement has worked for more than a century for guaranteed high-quality health care for everyone. The Affordable Care Act is a historic milestone on this journey, but we still have a long way to go."
- Retirement Security
- Excerpt: "...Social Security insurance is essential for millions of retirees. Nearly two-thirds of retirees count on Social Security for half or more of their retirement income and for more than three in 10, Social Security is 90 percent or more of their income. It is a safety net that keeps retirees out of poverty."
- Work and Family
- Excerpt: "Although the “traditional” family—a father who works outside the home and financially supports the children and a mother whose work is keeping the house and raising the children—has been disappearing for more than a generation, our workplaces and government policies have not kept pace with America’s new reality."
- Excerpt: "For too long, our nation’s trade and investment policies have reflected the influence of powerful corporate interests. They protect what’s important to corporate America but do little or nothing to safeguard the rights of workers and the environment here and around the world."
- Excerpt: "Few issues strike home for working families as much as education for their children. To be equipped for life, every child needs and deserves high-quality education that is available to all—from early childhood through college. For schools to work, educators must have the support and resources they need to succeed and school buildings must be well-equipped and well-maintained. "
- Civil and Workplace Rights
- Excerpt: "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."
- Excerpt: "The U.S. immigration system is broken—and U.S.-born workers as well as aspiring citizens are paying a heavy price. America needs to create an immigration process that works for working people—not a system that benefits corporate employers at the expense of everyone else."
- Job Safety
- Excerpt: "Following passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, safety and health conditions in our nation's workplaces have improved. Workers' lives have been saved and injury and illness rates have dropped in many industry sectors of the economy. However, too many employers continue to cut corners and violate the law, putting workers in serious danger and costing lives."
Workers' Voice is the Super PAC run by the AFL-CIO. In the 2012 election cycle, the Workers' Voice PAC spent a grand total of $6,331,541: $3,230,012 for Democrats, $6,466 against Democrats, $602 for Republicans, and $3,094,461 against Republicans. Of those funds, 76.02 percent achieved the desired result, based on Sunlight Foundation analysis.
Support/opposition to ballot initiatives
The AFL-CIO influenced the following ballot measures:
- Opposed Colorado Save Our Secret Ballot (2010) (Did not qualify).
- Opposed California Proposition 98 (2008).
The Colorado branch of the AFL-CIO is part of Protect Colorado's Future, which is opposing:
- The Right to Work Initiative. (Amendment 47)
- The Limitation on Public Payroll Deductions Initiative (Amendment 49)
- The Colorado Clean Government Initiative (Amendment 54)
- The Michigan Legislative and Judicial Restructuring Initiative (2008), which was removed from the ballot following a lawsuit. Michigan AFL-CIO president Mark Gaffney acknowledged that "a number of our unions" helped to fund the initiative.
The AFL-CIO is helping fund Defend Oregon, to which it has donated $100,000. Defend Oregon opposes:
- Missouri Minimum Wage Act, Proposition B (2006), $80,000.
- Ohio Minimum Wage Initiative (2006). $550,000.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "AFL-CIO"
- All stories may not be relevant to this organization due to the nature of the search engine.
- AFL-CIO's Trumka: What He Wants to Hear From Obama - Wall Street Journal (blog)
- AFL-CIO Calls for Implementation of Minimum, Prevailing Wage Laws - Patch.com
- AFL-CIO invites MSNBC hosts to meet with unhappy NBC workers - Politico (blog)
- Chick O'Leary, longtime head of Maine's AFL-CIO, dies at 76 - Bangor Daily News
- The 13 Most Popular AFL-CIO Now Blog Posts of 2013 - AFL-CIO (blog)
- AFL-CIO leader calls speech positive - Charleston Gazette
- AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka: ?Populism works? - Salon
- State AFL-CIO's first Lincoln leader hopes to help non-union members, too - Lincoln Journal Star
- Cheer on Your Union Brothers and Sisters at the 2014 Golden Globes - AFL-CIO (blog)
- Charles 'Chick' O'Leary, former Maine AFL-CIO president, dies at age 76 - Press Herald
- AFL-CIO on Wikipedia
- AFL-CIO official website
- AFL-CIO on Facebook
- AFL-CIO on Twitter
- Workers Independent News
- AFL-CIO, "Our Mission and Vision," Accessed July 10, 2013
- AFL-CIO, "Our History," accessed December 11, 2013
- Wikipedia, "AFL-CIO," Accessed July 10, 2013
- AFL-CIO, "Leadership," Accessed July 10, 2013
- AFL-CIO, "Leadership," accessed December 4, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Outside Spending," accessed December 16, 2013
- Open Secrets, "AFL-CIO," accessed December 12, 2013
- AFL-CIO, "Issues," Accessed July 10, 2013
- Open Secrets "AFL-CIO Workers' Voice PAC Recipients, 2012," Accessed July 8, 2013
- Sunlight Foundation "Outside spenders' return on investment," November 14, 2012
- Rocky Mountain News: "Initiative's foes raise $1.5 million," May 1, 2008
- [MIRS Capitol Capsule July 14, 2008, "AFL-CIO Unions Helped Bankroll RMGN"]