Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) - The largest airline pilot union in the world and represents more than 51,000 pilots at 30 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Founded in 1931, the Association is chartered by the AFL-CIO and the Canadian Labour Congress. Known internationally as US-ALPA, it is a member of the International Federation of Air Line Pilot Associations.
Allied Pilots Association (APA) - Serves as the certified collective bargaining agent for the 15,000 pilots who fly for American Airlines and US Airways. APA was founded in 1963 and is the largest independent pilots' union in the world.
Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA) - The world's largest labor union organized by flight attendants for flight attendants. AFA represents nearly 60,000 flight attendants at 23 airlines, serving as a voice for flight attendants at their workplace, in the industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill.
California Federation of Teachers (CFT) - The California affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). The CFT is composed of 135 local unions chartered by the AFT. Each local is also affiliated with its regional Central Labor Council and the California Labor Federation.
California Labor Federation - Made up of more than 1,200 AFL-CIO and Change to Win unions, representing 2.1 million union members in manufacturing, retail, construction, hospitality, public sector, health care, entertainment and other industries.
Carpenters Local Union 22 - Provides job placement, job training, job site protections and a sense of fraternity for local carpenters, joiners, drywallers, framers, modular installers and building inspectors.
CAW/TCA - Largest union in Canada in sectors such as auto assembly, auto parts manufacturing, aerospace, shipbuilding, fisheries and railway transportation.
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) - Independent voice of black workers within the trade union movement, challenging organized labor to be more relevant to the needs and aspirations of Black and poor workers.
Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) - A worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking, and gender-based violence at work. Built on a foundation of farmworker community organizing starting in 1993, and reinforced with the creation of a national consumer network since 2000, CIW's work has steadily grown over more than twenty years to encompass three broad and overlapping spheres: Fair Food Program, Anti-Slavery Campaign, and Campaign for Fair Food.
Culinary Workers Union, Local 226 - Represents workers in the hospitality industry, including hotels, casinos, airports, food service, restaurants and laundry services. Membership has climbed from 18,000 union workers in 1987 to approximately 60,000 members today, more members than any other union in Nevada.
Erotic Service Providers Union (ESPU) - By and for those who labor erotically to gain agency through industrial organizing for our occupational, social, and economic rights through affiliating with organized labor. Founded Nov. 2004 in San Francisco, California.
European Broadcasting Union (EBU) - The largest professional association of national broadcasters in the world. The Union has 71 active Members in 52 countries of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and 46 associate Members in 29 countries further afield.
European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) - The ETUC has in its membership 77 national trade union confederations from a total of 35 European countries, as well as 11 European industry federations, making a total of 60 million members. Other trade Union structures such as Eurocadres (Council of European Professional and Managerial Staff) and EFREP/FERPA (European Federation of Retired and Elderly Persons) operate under the auspices of the ETUC. In addition, the ETUC coordinates the activities of the 39 ITUCs (Interregional Trade Union Councils), which organise trade union cooperation at a cross-border level.
Freelancers Union - A nonprofit organization that represents the needs of America's independent workforce though advocacy, information, and service. Independent workers make up 30% of the nation's workforce: freelancers, consultants, independent contractors, temps, part-timers, contingent employees, and the self-employed. By representing independent workers as a group, Freelancers Union can negotiate insurance rates and provide a social safety net.
IndustriALL Global Union - Represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors and is a new force in global solidarity taking up the fight for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world.
International Federation of Air Line Pilot's Associations (IFALPA) - Represents over 100,000 pilots and flight engineers in almost 100 countries world-wide. The mission of IFALPA is to be the global voice of professional pilots by providing representation, services and support in order to promote the highest level of aviation safety worldwide.
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) - The main international trade union organisation, representing the interests of working people worldwide. Main areas of activity include: 1) trade union and human rights; 2) economy, society and the workplace; 3) equality and non-discrimination; and 4) international solidarity.
International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) - A progressive, diversified trade union that primarily represents Operating Engineers, who work as heavy equipment operators, mechanics, and surveyors in the construction industry, and Stationary Engineers, who work in operations and maintenance in building and industrial complexes, and in the service industries. The IUOE also represents nurses and other health industry workers as well as significant numbers of public employees engaged in a wide variety of occupations.
Labor Council - A union for unions with over 67 affiliated unions representing over 800,000 workers in New South Wales. The Labor Council's web-project, LaborNET, was first launched in 1996. Today LaborNET is the largest clustering of Australian union information available on the Internet.
National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) - Organizes domestic workers in the United States for respect, recognition and labor standards. NDWA is powered by 39 local, membership-based affiliate organizations of over 10,000 nannies, housekeepers and caregivers for the elderly located in 14 states, plus the District of Columbia.
National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) - Building a worker-led movement to hold profit-driven healthcare corporations accountable to the public interest, to improve the lives of caregivers and patients, and to win quality, affordable healthcare for all.
National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) - The largest metalworkers trade union in South Africa with more than 260 000 members. It is an active affiliate of the Congress of South African Trade Unions [COSATU], the biggest trade union federation in South Africa.
Nautilus International - Trade union and professional organisation that represents shipmasters, officers, cadets and other staff serving in international merchant shipping fleets and ashore in maritime related industries. The union is affiliated to the UK Trades Union Congress and the International Transport Workers' Federation, International Federation & Shipmasters Associations, as well as Netherlands-based FNV.
NewsGuild of New York, The - Represents nearly 3,000 journalists and other media employees at New York-based media organizations and their respective bureaus.
Newspaper Guild, The - Founded as a print journalists' union, the Guild today is primarily a media union with more than 34,000 members in the United States, Canada and in Puerto Rico: journalists, sales and media workers of all kinds, on-line writers and designers, reporters, editorial assistants, photographers, editors, paginators, editorial artists, correspondents, typographers, advertising sales people, marketing, information systems specialists, commercial artists, technicians, accountants, business, customer service reps, drivers, maintenance, mail room, pressroom, telephone operators, circulation and distribution staff.
Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) - Represents approximately 130,000 members across Ontario. Its members work for the Ontario government, inside community colleges, for the LCBO , in the health care sector and they are employed in a wide range of community agencies inside the broader public service.
Pacific Media Workers Guild - Local 39521 of The Newspaper Guild, a sector of the Communications Workers of America, one of the nation's largest affiliates of the AFL-CIO, the "union for the Information Age." Located in downtown San Fancisco. Represents more than 2,200 newspaper and communications workers across the San Francisco Bay Area, Monterey and the Central Valley, as well as court interpreters in its statewide California Federation of Interpreters unit.
Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) - Organised throughout the civil service and government agencies, making it the UK's largest civil service trade union. Also organise widely in the private sector, usually in areas that have been privatised.
San Francisco Labor Council (SFLC) - The SFLC is the local body of the AFL-CIO and was chartered in 1893 to be the coordinating regional body for labor cooperation and unity. It is a membership organization serving as a coalition of the labor community in San Francisco. Over 150 unions are affiliated with the SFLC, representing more than 100,000 union members and their families.
Teamsters Local 399 - The Motion Picture and Theatrical Trade Division of the Teamsters represents workers in the motion picture industry including firms that produce feature films, television programs, commercials, and live theatrical productions.
UAW Local 2110 - The Technical, Office and Professional (TOP) Union, Local 2110, is an amalgamated union with 30 contracts covering over 3000 workers in universities, publishing, museums, law firms and other offices. We represent teachers, secretaries, administrators, editors, computer operators, librarians, museum curators, typesetters and graphic artists, among many others.
UAW Local 2865 - Union of over 13,000 student-workers across the University of California system, including readers, tutors, TAs, GSIs and others.
Unifor National - Canada's largest private sector union, with more than 300,000 members across the country, working in every major sector of the Canadian economy.
Union Network International (UNI) - UNI represents 15.5 million members in 900 unions from more than 140 countries world-wide. Founding partners are The Communications International, FIET (the white collar and services grouping), International Graphical Federation, and the Media and Entertainment International.
UNISON - Britain's biggest trade union with over 1.3 million members. Its members are people working in the public services, for private contractors providing public services and the essential utilities.
Unite Here - Represents workers throughout the U.S. and Canada who work in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, and airport industries.
Unite Here! Local 11 - Represents more than 20,000 workers employed in hotels, restaurants, airports, sports arenas and convention centers throughout Southern California.
United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) - A diverse union with membership that includes coal miners, manufacturing workers, clean coal technicians, health care workers, corrections officers and public employees throughout the United States and Canada.
World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) - The Constitution of the WFTU adopted in 1945 placed among the aims of the WFTU: "To combat war and the causes of war and work for a stable and enduring peace." Today the WFTU is involved in the co-ordination of all militant trade unions, no matter what their differences are, in order to repulse capital's attack against social security, full and stable work, privatizations, environmental pollution, quality of life.
Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) - Since 1954, the Writers Guild of America, East and Writers Guild of America, West have negotiated and administered minimum basic agreements with major film producers and networks and stations, covering theatrical and television films, broadcast and cable television, documentary film and radio, public and commercial television. In recent years, the Guilds have expanded their coverage of radio and television staff employees, the latter group mostly in the news and documentary areas, including news writers and others at ABC and CBS and a number of major individual stations. Currently the Guilds administer 36 separate agreements.
Writers Guild of America, West (WGA) - Represents thousands of writers of television shows, movies, news programs, documentaries, animation, CD-ROMs, and content for new-media technologies in negotiations with film and television producers.
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