The Milwaukee Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is vital to United Way, leading in both strategies and ground action to elevate workplace giving and volunteerism. Through the AFL-CIO Community Services staff workplace liaisons, MALC is deeply involved in the annual campaign to raise awareness, money and goods for the diverse community agencies under the United Way umbrella.
Further, union councils and their locals provide direct help through treasury gifts, volunteer efforts and special charitable support. During the community campaign, they meet monthly as a Labor Cabinet.
The MALC secretary-treasurer, and Chief Operating Officer, Sheila D. Cochran, serves on the United Way board as the labor representative and also oversees the liaisons. She holds the position of the longest-serving member of the area United Way board. Other union leaders are part of United Way’s top committees of community support.
One of the campaigns begun by the Community Services team is now a vital annual success for Milwaukee’s homeless shelters, which cut way back on budgeting for health and hygiene products because of the huge gifts of new items (contributed by shoppers and local unions and purchased from union stores) provided through the Health & Hygiene Drive each spring.
Our 501C3 charity organization which accepts donations solely for the purpose of these drives for our community is called Labor Community @ Work. Show your support for your union and your community: make a donation now, below, or volunteer: