Arkansas AFL-CIO

For over 50 years, the Arkansas AFL-CIO has been dedicated to the rights and interests of Arkansas's working men and women. When working people come together, they make things better for everyone. Joining together in unions enables workers to negotiate for higher wages and benefits and improve conditions in the workplace. There are millions of union members in America from all walks of life. These individuals know that by speaking up together, you can accomplish more than you could on your own.

The Union Difference

Union members work together to negotiate and enforce a contract with management that guarantees the things you care about like decent raises, affordable health care, job security, and a stable schedule.

Higher

Wages

Better

Benefits

$191 per week than their nonunion counterparts.More likely to have employer-provided pensions and health insurance.

Safer

Workplace

Voice On

The Job

Safe working conditions that prevent death, illness and injury.Better workplaces and working conditions without the fear of retaliation.

Safety In The Workplace Should Be Discussed

This being an election year, our federal officeholders and wannabees are busy campaigning across the great state of Arkansas. Sadly, it is very unlikely that they will be discussing worker safety, especially in the era of covid-19. Instead of doing something about the threats from within, trumpets will be a-blaring about threats to our nation from without.

April 28 is the day we, the unions of the AFL-CIO, observe as Workers Memorial Day. We do so to draw attention to the continued need for safety in the workplace and to hold our political leaders and employers accountable to promote safe conditions for all workers.

As we mourn the loss of workers who have died on the job in the last year, we urge employers to ensure all workers have the necessary protections from covid-19 at work.

We also urge increased efforts to protect minority and immigrant workers, in particular, who are disproportionately affected by and especially targeted for speaking up against unsafe working conditions.

We call upon our "electees" and all candidates for public offices to endorse Passage of the Protecting America's Workers Act (PAWA). This proposal is designed to provide OSHA protections to millions of workers nationwide. The bill also contains strong criminal and civil penalties for companies that violate job safety laws, improves anti-retaliation protections for workers and establishes a guarantee that all workers will have a safety voice on the job.

Decades of struggle by working people and our unions have improved working conditions and have made jobs safer, but workers are still being injured and needlessly dying at the worksite. Holding our collective breath, the working families of Arkansas await for workplace safety to be one of the hot topics this election season ... Remembering Mother Jones when she said, "Pray for the dead, fight like hell for the living."

Walter Hinojosa

President - Northwest Arkansas

Central Labor Council

CLICK HERE to read the NWA Democrat-Gazette article

The AFL-CIO Executive Council today elected Liz Shuler, a visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, to serve as president of the federation of 56 unions and 12.5 million members. Shuler is the first woman to hold the office in the history of the labor federation. The Executive Council also elected United Steelworkers (USW) International Vice President Fred Redmond to succeed Shuler as secretary-treasurer, the first African American to hold the number two office. Tefere Gebre will continue as executive vice president, rounding out the most diverse team of officers ever to lead the AFL-CIO.

Our brother and leader Richard Trumka passed away on August 5, 2021, at the age of 72.

2020’s growth in pay inequity between workers and CEOs confirms the “executive base salary reductions” touted during the COVID-19 crisis were just lip service, per this year’s AFL-CIO Executive Pay

Recent News

Liz Shuler is the first woman ever elected president of the AFL-CIO.

She took over a time when the world of work has been turned upside down.

Union organizing is happening in some unexpected places, and sometimes in ways that disrupt the traditional union playbook.

LABOR PRESS: You’ve been given such a huge responsibility now, with the death of your friend Rich Trumka [In August she was appointed to serve the remainder of his term.] But the entire time you’ve been involved, labor has been struggling to come back. Do you have a secret plan? What can the AFL-CIO do to rebuild the labor movement?

It was deeply disappointing that just days after our nation paid homage to the great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday, the same senators who praised his name struck down critical legislation that would have strengthened our election systems and ensured every American has the fundamental right to vote.

"We are building pathways and support structures to grow a bold, inclusive, and transformative movement — I think that's pretty badass," says Shuler, the first woman elected president of the AFL-CIO in the labor federation's history.

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