Definition

The AFL-CIO

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a voluntary federation of about 56 national and international labor unions in the United States. The separate AFL and CIO merged in 1955. For many people in the United States, the AFL-CIO is synonymous with the word union.

There are three layers in the structure of the AFL-CIO. First, there is the local union. This is the union the worker joins, and to which he or she pays dues. The local union also usually signs the collective bargaining agreement determining the wages and working conditions. The local is in turn a single chapter in the national union. The third layer in the structure is the national federation, in this case, the AFL-CIO.

Share it:  Cite

More from this Section

  • Litigation
    Litigation is a legal proceeding occurring in a federal or state court of law to determine ...
  • Seniority
    Seniority status determined by the length of time an employee has worked for a specific ...
  • Strategic Change
    Strategic Change is a change in a company’s strategy, mission and vision. ...
  • Open Shop
    Open Shop perhaps the least attractive type of union security from the union's point ...
  • Rotational training
    Rotational training is a training method where employees are rotated among a variety of ...