Change to Win Federation


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Change to Win Federation,

coalition of seven labor unions representing primarily American workers. It was founded in 2005 as the Change to Win Coalition by five American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial OrganizationsAmerican Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
(AFL-CIO), a federation of autonomous labor unions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Panama, and U.S.
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 unions that had united to make changes in the AFL-CIO that were aimed at rebuilding the American labor movement. The original members were the Service Employees International UnionService Employees International Union
(SEIU), labor union representing U.S. and Canadian workers in health care (doctors, nurses, health technicians), public services (government workers, school employees), building services (janitors, elevator operators, security officers) and
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U.S. labor union formed in 1903 by the amalgamation of the Team Drivers International Union and the Teamsters National Union. Its full name is the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen, and Helpers of America (IBT).
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, Union of Needle and Industrial Textile Employees–Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees (Unite Here), Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA), and United Food and Commercial Workers International (UFCW). Failing in their reform efforts, these unions disaffiliated (2005) from the AFL-CIO, founded the new labor association, and were soon joined by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and the United Farm Workers. In 2009, however, the carpenters union and Unite Here (which suffered its own split, with many members joining SEIU) left Change to Win, and LIUNA rejoined the AFL-CIO in 2010. Change to Win's basic aim is to increase union membership by organizing workers. Headed by Anna Burger, the first woman to lead an American labor federation, it has more than 5.4 million members.
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Devised and run by the Change to Win Federation and backed financially by the Teamsters, it may be one of the more quixotic American organizing campaigns in decades, but it is surely one of the most important.
We have partnered with six other unions that are similarly focused on growth, forming the Change To Win federation. Change To Win is dedicated to build a new movement of working people equipped to meet the challenges of the global economy and restore the American Dream: a paycheck that can support a family, affordable health care, a secure retirement and dignity on the job.
Last year six million members of the AFL-CIO left to form the rival Change to Win Federation. The House of Labor as traditionally conceived appears one of divided factions and rotting foundation.