Help support our AFL-CIO Constituency Groups

The AFL-CIO’s constituency groups — the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI)Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) , Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU)Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW)Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) and Pride At Work (P@W) — serve as union members’ bridge to diverse communities, creating and strengthening partnerships to enhance the standard of living for all workers and their families.

The groups also promote the full participation of women and minorities in the labor movement, and ensure unions hear and respond to the concerns of the communities they represent. Here is more about our constituency groups:

APRI_logoA. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI): APRI’s mission, from our founding to the present, has been to fight for racial equality and economic justice. Our role is unique we work with black trade unionists, the people best suited to serve as a bridge between labor and the black community.

apala-logoype-markAsian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA): The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO, is the first national organization of Asian Pacific American union members and their supporters, and continues the long and proud tradition of Asian Pacific American workers fighting for justice. This tradition reaches back over 100 years to the 19th century strikes on the sugar plantations of Hawaii and the bitter struggles for decent wages and working conditions on the railroads, in the fields, and in the emerging cities of the western United States.

cbtuCoalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU): CBTU is a fiercely independent voice of black workers within the trade union movement, challenging organized labor to be more relevant to the needs and aspirations of Black and poor workers. Since its founding conference in 1972, CBTU’s stature among African American workers has grown. Currently, more than 50 different international and national unions are represented in CBTU. With 50 chapters nationwide and one in Ontario, Canada, CBTU is maximizing the strength and influence of black workers in unions and empowering their communities.

CLUW_logoCoalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW): The primary purpose of this National Coalition is to unify all union women in a viable organization to determine our common problems and concerns and to develop action programs within the framework of our unions to deal effectively with our objectives. This struggle goes beyond the borders of this nation and they urge the working sisters throughout the world to join them in accomplishing these objectives through their labor organizations.



LCLAA-Logo-2015-Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) : The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement is a national organization representing the interests of approximately 1.7 million Latino/a trade unionists throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. LCLAA was founded in 1972 by local Latino trade union committees to promote participation by Hispanic trade unionists in a more responsive labor movement. LCLAA builds political empowerment of the Latino family, supports economic and social justice for all workers and promotes greater cultural diversity at the workplace.

PAW_logoPride at Work (P@W): In 1999, Pride At Work became an official constituency group of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations). The purpose of Pride At Work is to mobilize 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. We work towards creating a Labor Movement that cherishes diversity, encourages openness, and ensures safety & dignity.