What I Do
Deborah Cannada, Librarian - West Side Elementary School, Charleston, WV.
The AFL-CIO exists to represent people who work. The mission of the AFL-CIO is expressed in our Constitution:
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.
The AFL-CIO envisions a future in which work and all people who work are valued, respected and rewarded. While the AFL-CIO represents millions of working people who belong to unions and have the benefits of union membership, the labor federation embraces all people who share the common bond of work.
Work is what we do to better ourselves, to build dreams and to support our families. But work is more than that. Work cures, creates, builds, innovates and shapes the future. Work connects us all.
The AFL-CIO is an organization of people who work. We help lead a movement for social and economic justice in America and the world.
Normally, regardless of what the field you work in, you show up, you perform the tasks required of you, then you get paid for your work. The National Football League (NFL) has a better idea: Show up, perform and you pay them. At least that'’s its proposal for musicians who might play at halftime of the Lleague'’s biggest event, the Super Bowl.
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