A LABOR UNION for America and Canada's Working Class
Kathy Andrade, (b.1932-2021)
Workers United and the New York Metropolitan Area Joint Board remember Kathy Andrade, a dynamic activist and long time labor leader with the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU). Read more
Juneteenth is now a Federal holiday. Let it be a time to reflect upon our past, and to work towards a future where all are equal. Read Workers United's Civil Rights Director Clayola Brown's statement here ...
Meet our front line heroes of Workers United...
We are Workers United, a labor union that is 80,000 members strong, across the United States and Canada. Our members work in private and government agencies in hospitality, food service, laundry, manufacturing, distribution, apparel and textile industries, as well as in non-profit organizations.
For more than 100 years, we have played an instrumental role in the Labor Movement. We are the Union whose roots trace back to the 1910 Garment Workers Strike in Chicago and the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York.
We are the sons and daughters of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, Textile Workers Union, Textile Processors, UNITE & HERE.
We relentlessly advocate for the well-being of our members. Through our collective strength, we work for our members to:
- improve wages, benefits and working conditions
- assure full employment and increased job security
- create a path towards social and economic advancement
To accomplish this, we establish and maintain collective bargaining throughout the trades and industries of our members, present, adjust and settle bona fide grievances against employers, through all lawful means including strike action.
We tackle inequality, and fight fiercely against racial injustice and discrimination against LGBTQ and non-binary people.
For more than a hundred years, we have held fast to our vision of a world free of economic inequality and discrimination, where working conditions are safe, healthy and free of harassment and violence, and where workers are appropriately compensated, so that we have a strong and educated working class.
We have made great strides, but our work continues. We became Workers United in 2009, and in partnership with SEIU, we remain committed to serving our members, and helping to pave the way for the creation of a strong and educated working class. We recognize the working world is constantly evolving, and we are committed to shaping it, with the singular focus of doing what’s best for all our members.
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