The Illinois AFL-CIO represents nearly 900,000 union members and
is the voice of all working families in the state. Our power lies
with the many and diverse people we represent in a multitude of
workplaces and in our ability to affect change.
The State Federation helps improve the lives of working men and
women by promoting the rights of workers to join a union and by
making sure their voices are heard at the state capitol. In addition
to a full-time presence in Springfield fighting for strong labor
laws, the Illinois AFL-CIO also helps shape political dialog around
issues that affect workers. We work with members at election time
to register voters and educate them on issues and candidates records.
The State Federation maintains a strong working relationship with
the media, issues a quarterly newsletter, a weekly update during
the legislative session and maintains an up-to-date Web site. The
Illinois AFL-CIO and the National AFL-CIO hold training sessions for affiliated unions
topics such as organizing, understanding labor
law, political involvement, and local union financial reporting.
The Illinois AFL-CIO is very active at the grassroots level.
The Illinois AFL-CIO works with community service liaisons on hundreds of community projects
that help achieve dignity and respect for all workers.