About the Department
About the Union Label Department
The Union Label and Service Trades Department, AFL-CIO, was founded in 1909 to promote the products and services produced in America by union members — especially those products and services identified by a union label, shop card, store card and service button. We are supported by per capita payments from AFL-CIO National and International Unions.
We work to promote the union label. When you see a union label — whether it is on a product, on a union shop or union store placard in a place of business, or on a union button worn by a worker – it signifies quality goods and services.
Moreover, these emblems demonstrate that the employees who make the product or provide the service are skilled workers who are treated fairly and decently by their employers.
Our Label Letter publication is one of the most visible means we use to publicize boycott updates. The Label Letter also features special interest stories, hot issues, our Do Buy section, and other information of interest. National and International Unions and local unions reproduce many of the sections and articles, spreading the Union Label message to hundreds of thousands of union members and their families.
From its offices at AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Department carries out its programs through a nationwide network of chartered union label councils and committees, the National and International affiliates of the AFL-CIO and AFL-CIO State Federations and Central Labor Councils.
Support Good Jobs
Good jobs depend on decisions people make every day. Do our trade agreements aid our community or let global corporations call the shots? Do our laws and regulations promote investment at home, or send jobs and technologies overseas? Basic economics is common sense. Economics studies how goods and services are produced, bought and sold; how profits are created and divided, and how wealth is distributed in society.
To fight for good jobs, take a little time to study the basics of economics. Here are some valuable resources:
- United for a Fair Economy: Online and downloadable economics training.
- Economic Policy Institute: “issue guides,” brief articles, current data and more:
- Center for Popular Economics: Great information on the Global Corporate Economy http://www.populareconomics.org/globalization/ and “A Field Guide to the U.S. Economy.” http://www.fguide.org/about.htm
- National Priorities Project: online economic calculators and issue briefs:
- Statistical Resources on Labor and Employment – An easy-to-use, on-line treasure trove of vital facts and figures.
- Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) – A network of national, regional and state groups studying and promoting progressive, pro-worker economics.
- Center for Budget and Policy Priorities – Top quality research and explanations of federal and state policies affecting working families.
- Citizens for Tax Justice – The leading voice exposing corporate tax loopholes and promoting tax fairness for working families