About Us

Who We Are

The Rhode Island AFL-CIO represents nearly 80,000 working men and women all across the state in a variety of occupations. 

What We Do

Unions are about a simple proposition: By joining together, working  women and men gain strength in numbers so they can have a voice at work  about what they care about. They negotiate a contract with their  employer for things like a fair and safe workplace, better wages, a  secure retirement and family-friendly policies such as paid sick leave  and scheduling hours. They have a voice in how their jobs get done,  creating a more stable, productive workforce that provides better  services and products 

Our Mission


“The  American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations  is an expression of the hopes and aspirations of the working people of  America.

We  resolve to fulfill the yearning of the human spirit for liberty,  justice and community; to advance individual and associational freedom;  to vanquish ­oppression, privation and cruelty in all their forms; and  to join with all persons, of whatever nationality or faith, who cherish  the cause of democracy and the call of solidarity, to grace the planet  with these achievements.

We  dedicate ourselves to improving the lives of working families, bringing  fairness and dignity to the workplace and securing social equity in the Nation." 

- AFL-CIO Mission Statement


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