The Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO, (UVC) was established in July 2008 to “enlist millions of veterans to improve urgent veterans’ and pocketbook issues and expose the records of candidates for office at every level on [such] issues.”
The 2009 AFL-CIO Convention adopted a resolution expanding and clarifying the UVC’s purpose as “bring[ing] together union leaders and union members who are veterans to speak out on veterans’ issues and influence public policy to improve the quality of life for U.S. veterans and their families” and noting the “two primary areas of focus” as “access to good jobs and access to quality healthcare.”
Since its founding 13 years ago, the UVC has steadily and sustainably grown in its outreach, its effectiveness and its fundraising capacity. With a diligent focus on organizing—at the national and local level—coupled with the initiative and creative thinking of UVC leadership, the UVC has evolved into a force multiplier for federation and affiliate organizing, legislative and electoral campaigns, and other important initiatives.
The Union Veterans Council brings working-class veterans together to speak out on the issues that impact us most, especially the need for good jobs and a strong, fully funded and staffed VA.
Additionally, we hold private enterprise and elected officials accountable for their words and actions. We believe wholeheartedly that the ability for someone to self-identify as “pro-veteran” isn’t determined by what lapel pin they don or what catchphrase they employ; veterans face real issues that require real actions—constructive actions that lead to positive solutions.
At the Union Veterans Council, we fight every day for those who have fought for us. And in March 2022, the Union Veterans Council became an official Constituency Group of the AFL-CIO.
Make sure to stop back next week to learn more about the Union Vets Committee in the Milwaukee Area.