List of labor unions in the United States

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This is a list of labor unions in the United States. Unions exist to represent the interests of workers, who form the membership. Under US labor law, the National Labor Relations Act 1935 is the primary statute which gives US unions rights. The rights of members are governed by the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act 1959. List Below

Largest unions[edit]

Name est. Members (approx) Description Constitution Website
National Education Association of the United States 1857 2,731,419 Public school teachers. 2012 NEA
Service Employees International Union 1921 1,500,000 Hotel, restaurant, and hospitality workers; RNs, professional, technical and non-professional health care workers; public employees. 2012 SEIU
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees 1932 1,459,511 Employees of state, county, and municipal governments. 2012 AFSCME
Teamsters 1903 1,400,000 Full name: International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Truck drivers; warehouse workers; miscellaneous trades. 2011 teamster.org Teamsters
United Food and Commercial Workers 1979 1,300,000 Retail store and distribution employees. 2008
American Federation of Teachers 1916 828,512 Public school teachers, RNs, professional, technical and non-professional health care workers. 2010 AFT
United Steelworkers 1942 860,264[1] Steel mill workers; related trades. USW
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 1891 704,794 Electrical manufacturing workers; electric utility workers. 2012 IBEW
Laborers' International Union of North America 1903 669,772 Miscellaneous construction workers; other trades. LIUNA
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers 1888 653,781 Aircraft manufacturing workers; aircraft maintenance and repair workers. 2008 IAM
United Auto Workers 1935 990,000 Full name: International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Automobile, truck, farm equipment, and construction equipment manufacturing workers. 2010 UAW
Communications Workers of America 1947 545,638 Telecommunication, customer service, broadcasting, public sector, healthcare and other workers. 2013 CWA
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America 1881 522,416 Building industry carpenters.
UNITE HERE 2004 270,000[2] Formerly UNITE (Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees; 1995 merger of ILGWU and ACTWU; in 2004 merged with HERE). Textile and garment manufacturing workers; hotel and restaurant workers.
International Longshore and Warehouse Union 1937 424,579 Freight handlers at ports.
International Union of Operating Engineers 1896 392,584 Operators of construction equipment; stationary engineers.
United Association 1889 324,043 Full name: United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing, Pipefitting and Sprinkler Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada.
National Association of Letter Carriers 1889 292,221 United States Postal Service mail delivery workers in urban areas. 2014 NALC
American Postal Workers Union 1971 286,700 United States Postal Service workers other than letter carriers.
International Association of Fire Fighters 1918 271,463 Municipal fire fighters and paramedics.
National Postal Mail Handlers Union 269,204 A division of LIUNA. United States Postal Service workers other than letter carriers.
American Federation of Government Employees 1932 289,023 Miscellaneous U.S. federal government workers. 2012 AFGE
Amalgamated Transit Union 1892 190,000 Mass transit service workers.
American Nurses Association 1897 152,294 Professional association for registered nurses.
Sheet Metal Workers International Association 1888 148,806 Mainly construction-industry sheet metal workers; also shipbuilders.
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades 1887 127,278 Construction-industry painters.
International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers 1896 125,437
Transport Workers Union of America 1934 125,398 Mass transit, railroad, and airline workers.
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees 1893 122,000 Entertainment: Theater, Motion Picture & Television, Trade Shows IATSE
American Association of Classified School Employees 111,851
National Rural Letter Carriers' Association 1903 104,717 United States Postal Service mail delivery workers in rural areas.

AFL-CIO[edit]

The American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations is the leading confederation of US trade unions.

Change to Win Federation[edit]

Independent[edit]

Union Reform Groups[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Office of Labor-Management Standards. Employment Standards Administration. U.S. Department of Labor. Form LM-2 labor Organization Annual Report. United Steelworkers of America. File Number: 000-094. Dated March 31, 2009".
  2. ^ http://unitehere.org/who-we-are/

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