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A Lasting Partnership: Organized Labor & United Way

Over half a century ago, on August 17, 1942, an agreement on cooperation was signed by the National Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) Committee for American and Allied War Relief, the United Nations Relief Committee of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the Community Chests and Councils Inc. (now United Way of America). This agreement encouraged labor representation on Community Chests boards and councils, and for recognition of union member’s contributions. The agreement sought cooperation between employee solicitation organized by employers and union representatives who jointly stressed voluntary contributions without coercion.

This agreement came in response to the growing number of fund drives organized to support Community Chests, labor war relief, American Red Cross, the USO, war bond campaigns, plus a number of trade, religious and advocacy groups who wanted to help. To coordinate effective support, organized labor and the Community Chests and Councils, Inc. agreed to join in collaborative fund raising and community development. As a result, labor liaison positions were established on the staffs of local community chests.

In 1946, the Department of Labor Participation was established at United Way of America. The aim was to join United Way, labor and health and welfare agencies in a cooperative, community effort to bring services and people together. To accomplish this, what are currently known as AFL-CIO Community Services liaisons are employed by United Way organizations throughout the country. These representatives are selected by the local AFL-CIO Central Labor Council and serve at the pleasure of United Way and the Council.

Organized labor is a full partner in United Way, as witnessed by the more than 200 AFL-CIO /community Services liaisons currently serving on the staff of state and local United Ways throughout the country. Representatives of unions volunteer in all phases of United Way activities, serve on year round committees, participate in annual United Way campaigns as part of the campaign leadership structure, and communicate to union members the importance of the campaign and the agencies involved. Union members are involved as volunteers in their communities by working with the many health and human care agencies providing services to the community.

On November 22, 1971 and again on April 4, 1979, the Cooperative Memorandum of Understanding between the United Way of America and the AFL-CIO was reaffirmed.

Monroe/Lenawee County AFL-CIO

We, The Monroe/Lenawee County AFL-CIO Central Council and Delegate Members, are committed to Education, Organizing, Mobilizing and Creating Activities for the Common Good and Welfare of Our Community.

Monroe County Labor History Museum

It is the mission of the Monroe County Labor Museum to provide a facility open to the public for the purpose of the following : 1. Preservation and display of local, regional and national labor history for present and future generations to view. 2. Provide a venue for a youth outreach program that educates our youth about labor's past history and present cause. 3. Provide an area for organized labor and the public to gather which will be immersed with labor history. 4. Provide a library and database for the research of labor history. 5. Provide a facility that will be self-sustainable and managed in an efficient manner. Learn more at www.monroelabor.org

National AFL-CIO

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a voluntary federation of 56 national and international labor unions.

The AFL-CIO union movement represents 11 million members, including 2.5 million members in Working America, its new community affiliate. We are teachers and taxi drivers, musicians and miners, firefighters and farm workers, bakers and bottlers, engineers and editors, pilots and public employees, doctors and nurses, painters and plumbers—and more.

The AFL-CIO was created in 1955 by the merger of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations. In 1995, the biennial convention elected President John J. Sweeney, Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka and Executive Vice President Linda Chavez-Thompson. They have been re-elected three times since then, most recently in 2005 for four-year terms. Chavez-Thompson retired in September 2007, and the AFL-CIO Executive Council elected Arlene Holt Baker as executive vice president.

Since its founding, the AFL-CIO and its affiliate unions have been the single most effective force in America for enabling working people to build better lives and futures for our families. Learn more at www.aflcio.org

Michigan State AFL-CIO

A hallmark of unionism is solidarity. When we are united, we are strong. These are the binding words of the Michigan State AFL-CIO. The Michigan State AFL-CIO was formed in 1958 with the merger of two organizations: the state American Federation of Labor and the Michigan Congress of Industrial Organizations. Learn more at www.miaflcio.org

Labor Leads

United Way recognized organized labor by employing union staff to ensure our members have access to local community services. United Way also asks labor unions to provide members for the decision making process on how the dollars raised will be distributed.
The Labor Leads directory is a good way for union members and union leaders to be recognized for their contribution to their communities and their commitment to improving the quality of life in each and every community in Michigan.

Labor Endorsements

• AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS • AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS • AMERICAN POSTAL WORKERS UNION • BAKERY, CONFECTIONERY, TOBACCO, WORKERS AND GRAIN MILLERS INTERNATIONAL UNION • COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA • INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS • INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS • MICHIGAN STATE AFL-CIO • NATIONAL AFL-CIO • NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS • NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION • NATIONAL POSTAL MAIL HANDLERS UNION • SEAFARERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA • UNITED AUTO WORKERS • UNITED STEELWORKERS • UTILITY WORKERS UNION OF AMERICA