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OUR HISTORY

We are WORKERS UNITED! We are an American and Canadian Union with over 100 years of history. Our beginnings were instrumental for the development of the Labor Movement in the 20th Century. We are the Union of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, the 1910 Chicago Strike, Sidney Hillman and Amalgamated Bank. Our history is rich with victories made possible by our loyal members.

We are the sons and daughters of ACTWU, ILG and UNITE!, and now along with SEIU we will once again pave the road for the creation of a strong and educated working class.

ACTWU

The Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America formed in 1914 as a result of the revolt of the urban locals against the conservative AFL affiliate the United Garment Workers. The roots of this conflict date back to the general strike of Chicago, when a spontaneous strike by a handful of women workers led to a citywide strike of 45,000 garment workers in 1910, That strike was a bitter one and pitted the strikers against not only their employers and the local authorities, but also their own union.

The Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA) was a United States labor union known for its support for "social unionism" and progressive political causes. Led by Sidney Hillman for its first thirty years, it helped found the Congress of Industrial Organizations. It merged with the Textile Workers Union of America in 1976 to form the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU)

ILG

The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) was once one of the largest labor unions in the United States, one of the first U.S. unions to have a primarily female membership, and a key player in the labor history of the 1920s and 1930s.

The union also became more involved in electoral politics, in part as a result of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on March 25, 1911, in which one hundred and forty-six shirtwaist makers (most of them young immigrant women) either died in the fire that broke out on the eighth floor of the factory, or jumped to their deaths. Many of these workers were unable to escape because the doors on their floors had been locked to prevent them from stealing or taking unauthorized breaks. More than 100,000 people participated in the funeral march for the victims.

UNITE!

The Union of Needle trades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE) was a labor union in the United States, formed in 1995 as a merger between the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) and the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU).

UNITE's core industries were textile and apparel manufacturing, distribution, and retailing, but they also had locals involved in industrial laundry, and manufacturing in other industries.

AMALGAMATED BANK

Founded in 1923 by the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA), Amalgamated Bank was New York City’s first labor bank. Until this time, banks were responsive almost exclusively to the needs of corporations and wealthy individuals. Sidney Hillman, the founder and President of the ACWA, believed that hardworking people and their families deserved access to affordable banking, and it was from this principle Amalgamated Bank was born.

Visit Amalgamated Bank for more information on how you can bank responsibly:

www.amalgamatedbank.com

Workers United

Constitution

English (click here for PDF)
French (pour document français, cliquez ici)
 
Spanish (para la constitución en español, 
haga clic aquí)
THE HARD TRUTH ABOUT UNIONS

94%

OF UNION MEMBERS HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH COVERAGE IN 2014

33%

IS THE DIFFERENCE IN WAGES FOR UNION AND NON-UNION WOMEN

$980

UNION WORKERS' MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS

With a union you are protected from unjust firings. In a union shop a manager can't fire you because he wants to give his friend's son a summer job. With a Union contract you are protected from unjust firings. 

82%

OF UNION MEMBERS HAVE PAID SICK LEAVE

Unions give the working class a voice. Unions are also key in the balance of power between corporations and workers. Union workers have a say in what happens at their jobs. Their voice is represented in Collective Bargaining agreements, which are non existent in non-union workplace. You have a say in wages, health and safety, fair treatment and benefits for you and your family..

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