We are teachers and iron workers, firefighters and social workers, bakers and engineers, pilots and public employees, doctors and nurses, electricians, painters and plumbers—and more.
We help people who want to join together in unions so they can bargain collectively with their employers for better working conditions and the best way to get a good job done. We work to ensure that all people who work are treated fairly, with decent paychecks and benefits, safe jobs, respect and equal opportunities. To help working people acquire valuable skills and job-readiness for 21st century work, we operate the largest training network outside the U.S. military. And we provide an independent voice in politics and legislation for working women and men and make their voices heard in corporate boardrooms and the financial system.
The Rhode Island AFL-CIO's constituency groups are unions' bridge to diverse communities, creating and strengthening partnerships to enhance the standard of living for all workers and their families.
The Institute for Labor Studies & Research (ILSR) is a private, non-profit educational institution that provides education and training to enable working Rhode Islanders and the labor movement to have a stronger voice in the workplace, to participate more effectively in Rhode Island’s changing job market and to create a more just and equitable society.
The Institute provides a wide variety of education and training programs that are responsive to the needs of Rhode Island residents. The Institute’s courses, seminars and workshops range from job skills training, ESL and GED, to labor education and leadership training and on-line courses which are open to members of the labor community as well as the community at large. Additional courses are also offered both as open enrollment or as contracted courses that are customized for unions, businesses or industry and which are conducted either at the Institute or onsite.
The Coalition of Labor Union Women is America's only national organization for union women. Formed in 1974, CLUW is a nonpartisan organization within the union movement.
The primary mission of CLUW is to unify all union women in a viable organization to determine our common problems and concerns and to develop action programs within the framework of our unions to deal effectively with our objectives.
Our purpose is to decrease the burden of disability by reducing workplace illness and injury. Through consultation with patients and physicians, as well as educational programs regarding current occupational and environmental concerns, the OEHCRI strives to provide the resources necessary to promote a healthy workforce.