What I Do
Deborah Cannada, Librarian - West Side Elementary School, Charleston, WV.
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.
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.
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)|
|European Union||European Trade Union Institute|
|Finland||Trade Union Solidarity Centre–SASK|
|Germany||Friedrich Ebert Foundation—FES|
|Italy||Union Institute for International Cooperation—ISI-CGIL/CISL/UIL|
|Japan||Japan International Labour Foundation—JILAF|
|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|
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