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Across national boundaries, union organizations reach out and collaborate on issues that affect the working people in multiple countries. This international solidarity of working people is vitally important as corporations have spread their reach globally and jobs and whole industries are transplanted with the click of a mouse.

The AFL-CIO is affiliated to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)—the worldwide union network. Based in Brussels, Belgium, the ITUC represents 175 million workers in 151 countries and territories and has 308 national affiliates. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka serves on the General Council and Executive Bureau of the ITUC. He also serves as the president of the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

International Labor Organizations

Global Union Federations

Ten Global Union Federations (GUFs) are the international representatives of unions organizing in specific industry sectors or occupational groups. Most AFL-CIO unions belong to the GUF for their sector.

National Centers

Locate ITUC affiliates by country.

Trade Union Development Cooperation

Labor unions are a fundamental institution for democracy and economic development. The following organizations support stronger unions in developing countries through training, research and advocacy programs.

Australia Union Aid Abroad–APHEDA
Canada CLC/International Development Program (LIDP)
Denmark LO/FTF Council
European Union European Trade Union Institute
European Union Solidar
Finland Trade Union Solidarity Centre–SASK
Germany Friedrich Ebert Foundation—FES
Ireland Global Solidarity
Italy Union Institute for International Cooperation—ISI-CGIL/CISL/UIL
Japan Japan International Labour Foundation—JILAF
Netherlands FNV Mondiaal
Norway LO Norway
Spain Peace and Solidarity Foundation/CC.OO
Spain Union Institute for Development Cooperation–ISCOD/UGT
Sweden LO-TCO Secretariat of International Trade Union Development Cooperation
UK TUC/DFID Partnership
USA Solidarity Center

International Labor Support Organizations

International Labor Research

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