Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO
Thanksgiving is our time to gather with family and friends and give thanks for what we have and all that we have achieved. It is a time for Americans to give thanks for one another, our families and our union past and present. It is the day that we give thanks for the...read more
Today, we officially honor the men and women who have served in our armed forces with the observance of Veterans Day. At our Metal Trades Councils around the country, many of our current members are veterans. We also have the unique honor of working side-by-side with...read more
AFL-CIO Latest News
Working family advocates have strongly condemned President-elect Donald Trump's selection of Carl's Jr. CEO Andy Puzder as secretary of labor. Here are excerpts from their comments.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement on the expected nomination of Andy Puzder for secretary of the Department of Labor.
The Executive Council of the 12.5-million-member AFL-CIO has voted overwhelmingly to endorse Rep. Keith Ellison to lead the Democratic National Committee. Over the past few weeks, several candidates have sought the endorsement of the AFL-CIO and met personally with members of the Political Committee, which ultimately recommended the endorsement.
The Union Advantage
Union members earn better wages and benefits than workers who aren’t union members. On average, union workers’ wages are 27 percent higher than their nonunion counterparts.
Unionized workers are 60 percent more likely to have employer-provided pensions.
More than 79 percent of union workers have jobs that provide health insurance benefits, but less than half of nonunion workers do. Unions help employers create a more stable, productive workforce—where workers have a say in improving their jobs.
Unions help bring workers out of poverty and into the middle class. In fact, in states where workers don’t have union rights, workers’ incomes are lower.
- Wages are 27% higher than non-union 27%
- Unionized workers are 60 percent more likely to have employer-provided pensions 60%
- More than 79 percent of union workers have jobs that provide health insurance benefits 79%