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The local unions listed below are not ALL of the unions affiliated with the WSLC, they are only those for which we have web links. If your affiliated union has a web site but is not listed here, please send us your web address. Affiliated AFL-CIO unions and chartered Change to Win unions are listed.
Following are links to the web sites of WSLC-affiliated unions' international offices and local offices in Washington state and bordering communities, as well as a summary of the types of workers they represent. (If your affiliated union is not listed, please send us your web address.) Most of today's unions represent a wide variety of occupations and trades, some of which may not be listed here.
Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers International Union is a modern union with old-fashioned values, dedicated to giving workers in its industries a voice and a vote in their workplace.
Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, International Brotherhood of -- Metal fabricators and welders who build and repair ships, cranes, offshore-drilling platforms, boilers, tanks, pressure vessels, plate and structural fabrications.
Communications Workers of America -- Employees in the following industries: telecommunications, journalism, airlines, printing & publishing, broadcast media, customer service & marketing, and cable television. The Newspaper Guild is now a CWA affiliate.
Engineers, International Association of Professional and Technical -- A wide range of occupations including engineers, drafters/designers, computer operators/programmers, inspectors, legal workers, planners, nurses, public relations officers, scientists and many others in both the public and private sectors.
Fire Fighters, International Association of -- Full-time, paid employees engaged in fire fighting, emergency medical or rescue service activities. Local area unions are affiliated with the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters.
Flight Attendants, Association of -- The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) is the world's largest labor union organized by flight attendants for flight attendants. AFA represents over 55,000 flight attendants at 20 airlines, serving as a voice for flight attendants at their workplace, in the industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill.
Food and Commercial Workers, United -- UFCW represents workers in a range of industries, including health care, retail food, meatpacking, poultry and food processing, manufacturing, distillery, winery, textile and chemical trades.
Glass, Molders, Pottery and Plastics and Allied Workers International Union -- Workers in a broad scope of industries, including fine china, glass and plastic containers, insulation, sanitary ware and other related products and services.
Government Employees, American Federation of -- Federal government employees.
Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers, International Association of -- Workers who apply insulation materials to pipes, tanks, boilers, ducts, refrigeration equipment and other surfaces requiring thermal control, or who do removal of asbestos-containing material. Click here for listing of Washington-area locals.
Iron Workers, International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental -- Workers who assemble and erect steel framework and other metal parts in buildings, on bridges, dams and other steel structures.
Laborers International Union of North America -- Highway, utility and building construction workers doing clearing, grade checking, stake hopping, culvert installation, equipment signaling, traffic control, excavation, shoring and pipe laying. Environmental laborers do asbestos removal, hazardous waste and radiation cleanup.
Longshore and Warehouse Union, International -- Workers who load and unload ships and other transport vessels. The ILWU's Marine Division includes the Inlandboatmen's Union, which representing towboat, passenger vessel, and cannery workers.
Machinists and Aerospace Workers, International Association of -- Workers from more than 200 wide-ranging industries. In the Pacific Northwest, the biggest IAM unions principally represent airplane manufacturing workers (Boeing's belong to IAM District Lodge 751) and workers in the forest products industries.
Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (MEBA) -- Marine engine and deck officers, and crew of the most technologically advanced ships in the U.S.-flag fleet, including cruise ships, tankers, vessels on the Great Lakes, and container ships. Members also sail aboard government-contracted ships of the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command and the Maritime Administration’s Ready Reserve Force, on tugs and ferry fleets around the country, as well as fireboats, and in various capacities in the shoreside industries.
Masters, Mates and Pilots, International Organization of -- Licensed Deck Officers, state pilots and other marine personnel on U.S.-flag commercial vessels sailing in international trade; the inland waterways and Great Lakes of the United States; the Panama Canal and Caribbean, as well as crews sailing civilian-crewed military vessels of the United States. The MM&P's Pacific Maritime Region represents employees of the Washington State Ferry System. (The MM&P is the International Marine Division of the International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO.)
Musicians, American Federation of -- The largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians. Whether negotiating fair agreements, protecting ownership of recorded music, securing benefits such as health care and pension, or lobbying our legislators, the AFM is committed to raising industry standards and placing the professional musician in the foreground of the cultural landscape.
Nurses, National Federation of -- The NFN is the leading national labor union and collaborative voice for registered nurses, taking action at the local, state and national level to improve working conditions for nurses and achieve better patient outcomes.
Office and Professional Employees International Union -- Workers in industries like banking, insurance, shipping, hospitals and nursing homes, utilities, transportation, manufacturing, paper companies, hotels and many more -- positions as varied as computer programmers and operators, engineers, secretaries, nurses, accountants, attorneys, transit supervisors, security guards, bank tellers, administrative aides, quality control personnel, doctors, models, police and webmasters.
Operating Engineers, International Union of -- Heavy equipment operators, mechanics, and surveyors in the construction industry, and stationary engineers, who work in operations and maintenance in building and industrial complexes. The IUOE also represents nurses and other health industry workers and public employees.
Painters and Allied Trades, International Union of -- Painters, paint makers, drywall finishers, tapers, paperhangers, decorators, linoleum, carpet and soft tile layers, sign painters, glaziers, scenic artists, metal polishers, public employees and many other allied trades.
Plasterers and Cement Masons, International Association of Operative -- Workers who finish the interior walls and ceilings of buildings, apply plaster and/or cement on masonry, metal, wire lathe or gypsum, and pour/finish/repair concrete slabs, steps, walls, gutters, sidewalks and other paving.
Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry, United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the -- Multi-craft workers engaged in the fabrication, installation and servicing of piping systems.
Postal Workers Union, American -- Employees of the U.S. Postal Service who are clerks, maintenance employees, motor vehicle operators, and non-mail processing professional employees.
Seafarers International Union -- Unlicensed U.S. merchant mariners (in the deck, engine and steward departments) sailing aboard U.S.-flag vessels in the deep sea, Great Lakes and inland trades. The union also represents licensed U.S. mariners in the Great Lakes and inland sectors.
Service Employees International Union -- The SEIU represents workers in healthcare, property services, and local and state government. The SEIU is no longer affiliated with the national AFL-CIO, however the following union local has signed a Solidarity Charter to retain its affiliation with the Washington State Labor Council:
Sheet Metal Workers' International Association -- Craftpersons working with decking/siding, dust collectors, energy systems, HVAC, kitchen equipment, paint booths, railroad cars, service tech, ships, signs, skylights, stainless steel plus thousands of other sheet metal products.
State, County and Municipal Employees, American Federation of -- Public service and health care workers employed by the state, county or city governments. In Washington, AFSCME members are represented by two councils, the Washington State Council of County and City Employees, AFSCME Council 2 and the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28. In addition, there is a Retired Public Employees Council of Washington.
Stage Employees, International Alliance of Theatrical -- Technicians, motion picture projectionists, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live theatre, film and television production
Steelworkers, United (USW) -- Workers in steel, aluminum, can, mining, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, energy and utilities, paper and forestry products, health care, chemical and other industries, but also workers in retail, service and public sectors. Also, workers who make paper and refine oil, chemicals, nuclear materials, pharmaceuticals, automobile and truck parts, appliances and many other products. The USW merged with PACE (the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers) in 2005 to form the largest industrial union in North America. PACE was formed 1999 by the merger of the United Paperworkers International Union with the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union.
Teamsters, International Brotherhood of -- The union represents "everyone from A to Z -- from airline pilots to zookeepers." The regional chapter that covers Washington and Alaska is Teamsters Joint Council 28. The Teamsters union is no longer affiliated with the national AFL-CIO, however the following union locals have signed Solidarity Charters to retain their affiliation with the Washington State Labor Council:
Television and Radio Artists, American Federation of -- "Every performer who speaks, sings, or acts before the microphone or television camera as well as those engaged to make transcriptions, video tape commercials, phonograph recordings, video cassettes, slide films, infomercials, CD Roms, and interactive media."
Transit Union, Amalgamated -- Bus, van, subway, and light rail operators, clerks, baggage handlers and maintenance employees in urban transit, over-the-road and school bus industries, as well as paramedical personnel, ambulance operators, clerical personnel, and municipal workers.
UAW -- The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) is one of the largest and most diverse unions in North America, with members in virtually every sector of the economy. UAW-represented workplaces range from multinational corporations, small manufacturers and state and local governments to colleges and universities, hospitals and non-profit organizations. The UAW has about 640,000 active members and over 500,000 retired members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
UNITE HERE -- UNITE (formerly the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees) and HERE (Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union) merged in 2004 to form this union representing workers in the apparel/textile, hotel, casino, food service, airport concessions and restaurant industries.
Cowlitz-Wahkiakum CLC, AFL-CIO -- Kyle Mackey, President -- P.O. Box 430, Longview, WA, 98632 -- 360-560-0989 -- Meets 2nd Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at 617 14th Ave., Longview
Kitsap CLC, AFL-CIO
-- John Ross, Secretary-Treasurer -- 10049 Kitsap Mall Blvd. NW, Suite 105,
Silverdale, WA, 98383 -- 360-692-1420 -- Meets 2nd Mondays at 6 p.m. (same address)
CLC, AFL-CIO -- Larry
Smith, Secretary-Treasurer -- 1618 Idaho St. #102, Lewiston, ID, 83501 -- 208-746-7357 -- Call for meeting information.
Central Washington CLC, AFL-CIO -- Paul
Parmley, President -- 27 N. Chelan Ave., Wenatchee, WA, 98801 --
509-662-7912 -- Meets 2nd Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (same address)
LC, AFL-CIO -- Bob
Zindel, President -- P.O. Box 688, Port Angeles, WA, 98362
-- 360-417-8964 -- Meets 3rd Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at 721 E. 1st St.,
#201, Port Angeles
Washington CLC, AFL-CIO -- Russell
Shjerven, President -- P.O.
Box 1324, Pasco, WA, 99301 -- 509-547-7513 -- Meets 1st Tuesdays at 6:30
p.m. at IBEW Hall, 2637 W. Albany, Kennewick
Washington CLC, AFL-CIO --
Shannon Walker, President -- P.O. Box 61929,
Spokane Regional LC, AFL-CIO -- Beth Thew, Secretary-Treasurer -- 510 S. Elm St., Suite 1, Spokane, WA, 99201 -- 509-327-7637 -- Meets 4th Tuesdays at 7 p.m. (same address)
Counties LC, AFL-CIO -- Bob
Guenther, President -- P.O. Box 66, Olympia, WA, 98507 -- 360-520-9575
-- In odd-numbered months, meets 3rd Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the WFSE 443 office,
906 Columbia SW, Olympia . In even-numbered
months, meets 3rd Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the
Carpenters Hall, 417 N. Pearl St., Centralia.
. In even-numbered months, meets 3rd Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Carpenters Hall, 417 N. Pearl St., Centralia.
Harbors LC, AFL-CIO -- John
Warring, President -- P.O. Box 1109, Aberdeen, WA, 98520 --
360-532-2643 -- Meets 4th Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the IAM Hall, 2600 Sumner
AFL-CIO constituency groups are always looking for new members!
Contact local representatives of these organizations and learn more about how you can help make connections between your
community and the local labor movement. A.
Philip Randolph Institute -- APRI's
mission is to fight for racial equality and economic justice, working
black trade unionists, the people best suited to serve as a bridge between
labor and the black community.
Seattle Chapter -- For info, contact Verlene Jones at 206-770-7697
for Retired Americans -- The mission of the Alliance for Retired
Americans is to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights
for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and
family fulfillment and security.
State Alliance for Retired Americans -- For info, contact Mike
Warren at 206-282-3363. Asian
Pacific American Labor Alliance -- APALA is the first and
only national organization of Asian Pacific American union members,
dedicated to helping these workers, many of them immigrants, strive to
achieve the American dream in the face of unsafe and exploitative
Seattle chapter -- For info, contact Tracy Lai at 206-919-1261
of Black Trade Unionists -- CBTU.org aims to be a catalyst for
progressive social and political action by providing visitors with data
and information relevant to the lives of African American workers and the
unions and communities that they support.
CBTU, Puget Sound chapter -- For info, contact Kevin
Allen at 206-200-4910
of Labor Union Women -- CLUW works to more effectively address the
critical needs of millions of unorganized sisters and make their unions
more responsive to the needs of all women.
CLUW -- For info in Seattle, contact Jacquie Jones-Walsh
Council for Latin American Advancement -- LCLAA advocates for the
rights of all Latino workers and their families in all phases of the
American trade union movement and the political process. Pride
at Work -- An
organization dedicated to
mobilizing mutual support between the organized labor movement and the
LGBT Community around organizing for social and economic justice. We see
full equality for LGBT Workers in their workplaces and unions.
A. Philip Randolph Institute -- APRI's mission is to fight for racial equality and economic justice, working black trade unionists, the people best suited to serve as a bridge between labor and the black community.
APRI Seattle Chapter -- For info, contact Verlene Jones at 206-770-7697
Alliance for Retired Americans -- The mission of the Alliance for Retired Americans is to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security.
State Alliance for Retired Americans -- For info, contact Mike
Warren at 206-282-3363.
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance -- APALA is the first and only national organization of Asian Pacific American union members, dedicated to helping these workers, many of them immigrants, strive to achieve the American dream in the face of unsafe and exploitative workplace conditions.
APALA, Seattle chapter -- For info, contact Tracy Lai at 206-919-1261
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists -- CBTU.org aims to be a catalyst for progressive social and political action by providing visitors with data and information relevant to the lives of African American workers and the unions and communities that they support.
CBTU, Puget Sound chapter -- For info, contact Kevin Allen at 206-200-4910
Coalition of Labor Union Women -- CLUW works to more effectively address the critical needs of millions of unorganized sisters and make their unions more responsive to the needs of all women.
CLUW -- For info in Seattle, contact Jacquie Jones-Walsh at 206-941-9240
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement -- LCLAA advocates for the rights of all Latino workers and their families in all phases of the American trade union movement and the political process.
Pride at Work -- An organization dedicated to mobilizing mutual support between the organized labor movement and the LGBT Community around organizing for social and economic justice. We see full equality for LGBT Workers in their workplaces and unions.