The Milwaukee Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO offices carry two partner organizations that work together: Labor Community @ Work, our 501C3 charity nonprofit dedicated to serving the community through the AFLCIO Community Labor Liaisons, and the Council, a 501c4 membership organization dedicated to serving our local affiliates. When budget shortfalls arise and workers’ jobs and security are sacrificed, such as in the short-sighted Act 10 legislation against which over 100,000 people protested, people can cross over from the volunteering and supporting side to the need side very quickly. This is why it is so crucial that we work in conjunction to serve our community together to help our working families survive.
Our programs are designed to build the community we live in. Every worker — no matter who they are, where they work, and what they do — deserves a voice at work and we do our best to assist that voice.
Mission: Organizing for economic and social justice in the workplace and community. In order to achieve our mission and build a strong community for social justice, we must raise our voices. We participate in the issues that are important to our community. We are politically active in legislative, city and county initiatives. We research, meet, talk to and back candidates that support working families. And we monitor how well they do. Working families issues come first, ahead of candidates and parties. We inform and mobilize our members, and strive to keep them informed to support candidates and elected officials who truly help working families.
Organizing is the engine through which we build. The Milwaukee Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO, does not organize workers into unions; instead, we support our affiliated unions in their efforts to organize and retain membership. We are the women and men of the labor movement, and our work, professions and affiliations are very important on our jobs and in our community.
The affiliated members of the AFL-CIO, as well as our constituency groups and community partners, work side by side with many others to advance a common goal, a better life for working people and their families.