Who We Are

Who We Are


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. 

The Rhode Island AFL-CIO works every day to improve the lives of people who work.


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. 

Constituency Groups and Community Partners


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. 

Institute for Labor Studies & Research


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. 

Coalition of Labor Union Women - RI Chapter


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. 

Occupational & Environmental Health Center of RI


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.



Rhode Island's best resource for workplace safety, health and injury prevention training and information.