A LABOR UNION for America and Canada's Working Class
Jan. 20, 2021 - The inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris was a window to the next four years. The ceremony projected the hope for unity, compassion, humanity, and inclusivity.
Democracy has prevailed. We have emerged stronger and our vision for a better America is clearer now than ever.
Through his early words and actions, President Biden has shown that he will be an advocate for workers’ rights. He has done so with the nomination of Marty Walsh, Boston’s mayor and pro-labor veteran, and the firing of the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel under the previous administration, who was hostile toward workers and unions.
In Vice President Kamala Harris, we have a woman who exemplifies strength and leadership, and whose African American and Asian heritage we celebrate as a reflection of the diversity within the membership of Workers United.
We stand ready to support our President and Vice-President through their pro-worker agenda.
Together, let us turn the page and work with the Biden-Harris administration to ensure good jobs that will rebuild the middle class, provide opportunities for everyone, expand affordable healthcare, create a pathway to citizenship for all immigrant workers, and bring justice back to our Nation.
Meet our front line heroes of Workers United...
"...government must mandate that employers provide personal protective equipment for all returning workers. Employers who make their workers' health and safety priority should receive tax breaks or direct grants to help them purchase the PPE. Beyond that, employers should receive funding for the purchase of thermal cameras that can detect increased body temperature without contact, a tool that will have a significant impact in manufacturing and distribution." Lynne Fox, International President, 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.