Organized Labor

A Lasting Partnership: Organized Labor & United Way



The United Way labor relationship started in 1942, among Community Chests and Councils and American Federation of Labor (AFL), the umbrella organization of labor unions.  The United Auto Workers helped secure payroll deduction for the Community Chests, setting the stage for United Way's unique funding mechanism among non-for -profits.  Since then, unions, the AFL-CIO and Central Labor Councils have been partners in the workplace campaign, encouraging union members to give and volunteer.


We, the Monroe / Lenawee County AFL-CIO Central Council and Delegate Members, are committed to Education, Organizing, Mobilizing and Creating Activities for the Common Good and Welfare of Our Community. 

It is the mission of the Monroe County Labor Museum to provide a facility open to the public for the purpose of the following:

  • Preservation and display of local, regional, and national history for the present and future generations to view.
  • Provide a venue for a youth outreach program that educates our youth about labor's history and present cause.
  • Provide an area for organized labor and the public to gather which will be immersed with labor history.
  • Provide a library and database for the research of labor history.
  • Provide a facility that will be self-sustainable and managed in an efficient manner. 

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a voluntary federation of 56 national and international labor unions.  Since its founding, the AFL-CIO and its affiliate unions have been the most effective force in America for enabling working people to build better lives and futures for our families.  Learn more at

A hallmark of unionism is solidarity.  When we are united, we are strong.  These are the binding words of the Michigan State AFL-CIO. The Michigan State AFL-CIO was formed in 1958 with the merger of two organizations: the state American Federation of Labor and the Michigan Congress of Industrial Organizations.  Learn More at

United Way recognized organized labor by employing union staff to ensure our members have access to local community services.  United Way also asks labor unions to provide members for the decision-making process on how the dollars raised will be distributed.

Labor Endorsements

American Federation of Musicians

American Federation of Teachers

American Postal Workers Union

Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco, Workers and Grain Millers International Union

Communication Workers of America

Imternational Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Michigan State AFL-CIO


National AFL-CIO

National Association of Letter Carriers

National Education Association

National Postal Mail Handlers Union

Seafarers International Union of North America

United Auto Workers

United Steel Workers

Utility Workers Union of America