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Executive Council and Conventions

The AFL-CIO is governed by a quadrennial convention at which all federation members are represented by elected delegates of our unions. Convention delegates set broad policies and goals for the union movement and every four years elect the AFL-CIO officers—the president, secretary-treasurer, executive vice president and vice presidents. These officers make up the AFL-CIO Executive Council, which guides the daily work of the federation.

The Executive Council meets at least twice a year to consider important union movement business and policies. The council regularly passes statements on issues affecting the interests of working families, ongoing struggles for justice for workers and more.

AFL-CIO Executive Council Statements

This website includes Executive Council actions from 1995 to date. New statements are posted the day they are issued by the council. Find statements here

AFL-CIO Conventions 

The 2013 AFL-CIO Convention was held Sept. 8-11, 2013, in Los Angeles. Find out about recent conventions here:


AFL-CIO Constitution

The rules under which the AFL-CIO operates are detailed in our Constitution.

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