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==History==
 
==History==
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.<ref name=wiki>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFL-CIO ''Wikipedia,'' "AFL-CIO," Accessed July 10, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.aflcio.org/About/Our-History ''AFL-CIO,'' "Our History," accessed December 11, 2013]</ref><ref name=wiki>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFL-CIO ''Wikipedia,'' "AFL-CIO," Accessed July 10, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Leadership==
 
==Leadership==

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AFL-CIO
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President:Richard Trumka
Vice-president:Tefere Gebre
Party:Democratic
Affiliated with:Workers' Voice
Website:Official website
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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.[1]

The mission of the AFL-CIO is as follows:[1]

"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."

History

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.[2][3]

Leadership

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.[4]

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.[4]

The top officers are as follows: Richard Trumka (President), Elizabeth Shuler (Secretary-Treasurer) and Tefere Gebre (Executive Vice President).[5]

2012 elections

According to Open Secrets, AFL-CIO spent $22,241,592 in the 2012 election cycle.[6]

Endorsed candidates

In the 2012 election cycle, AFL-CIO supported the following candidates:[6]

Expenditures

Top 5 largest AFL-CIO expenditures in 2012[7]
Candidate Party State Office For Against Total Desired Result
Elizabeth Warren Democratic Party MA Senate $19,250 $0 $19,250
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Bob Casey Democratic Party PA Senate $12,700 $0 $12,700
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George Miller Democratic Party CA House $11,875 $0 $11,875
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Barack Obama Democratic Party N/A President $11,600 $0 $11,600
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Tammy Baldwin Democratic Party IL House $11,250 $0 $11,250
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Issues

The AFL-CIO discusses the following issues on its website:[8]

  • 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."
  • Health Care
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."
  • Trade
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."
  • Education
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."
  • Immigration
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."

Super PAC

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.[9] Of those funds, 76.02 percent achieved the desired result, based on Sunlight Foundation analysis.[10]

Support/opposition to ballot initiatives

The AFL-CIO influenced the following ballot measures:

2010

Arizona

Colorado

South Dakota

Utah

Washington State

2008

Arizona

California

Colorado

The Colorado branch of the AFL-CIO is part of Protect Colorado's Future, which is opposing:

Connecticut

Massachusetts

Michigan

North Dakota

Oregon

The AFL-CIO is helping fund Defend Oregon, to which it has donated $100,000. Defend Oregon opposes:

2006

2004

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