Linked below are directories and lists of labor unions in the U.S. All link to the Web sites of unions at the local, state, national or international level.
Labor unions protect U.S. worker rights through the power of numbers behind collective bargaining agreements and resulting grievance processes. Many offer on-the-job training in the form of apprenticeships.
Under state right to work laws, workers may choose whether or not to join unions without consequence, such as retaliation by employers or unions.
Right to work laws also entitle workers to resign union membership at anytime without consequence. Read Right to Work for more information.
The National Labor Relations Act of 1935 (NLRA), a landmark labor law also referred to as the Wagner Act, protects the rights of U.S. union workers at the Federal level. Read Unfair Labor Practices for more information about the Act, such as the union rights it grants to workers, and examples of employer and union violations of the Act that constitute illegal labor practices.
Union Directories and Lists
Directory of Union Organizations
LaborNet maintains a union directory consisting of links to the Web sites of local, national and international unions in the USA, Canada and other countries.
Directory of labor unions listed by state, region and A-Z categories from Yahoo!. Categories include Aviation, Education, Engineering, Entertainment, Journalism, Metal Working, Music and Railroad among others.
Lists many labor unions by state, including big ones such as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), United Auto Workers, American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and United Steel Workers of America (USWA).
According to the writer, "This is an extremely comprehensive listing of unions and their websites and/or e-mail addresses". Includes listings for several state and local unions, in addition to those for U.S. and international unions.
Unions of the AFL-CIO
Labor unions that are under the umbrella of the American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). Examples include the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).