Union Resources

Worker Assistance and Community Service Programs

CFL Workers Assistance CommitteeCFL Workers Assistance Committee

www.cflwac.org | ph: 312-565-9431

The Chicago Federation of Labor Workers Assistance Committee helps improve employment opportunities for workers, including employed and unemployed union members. The Workers Assistance Committee offers services such as career counseling, basic skills courses in reading, math and computers, pre-layoff workshops before a major layoff or plant closing, access to skills training and educational opportunities and bridge training such as health care and manufacturing.

In 2010, the CFL Workers Assistance Committee:

  • Placed 147 displaced workers in jobs in health care, information technology, financial/insurance, manufacturing, administrative/support services and transportation, warehousing and logistics.
  • Provided $529,876 in grants to train over 6,000 union members in the Chicago area. 

Chicago Federation of Labor Community Services

Mike Damico: 312-906-2432
Andrea Kluger: 312-906-2434

In partnership with the United Way, the Chicago Federation of Labor and the AFL-CIO work together to help union members in need of valuable local services, especially during traumatic times such as a layoff. Last year, the Community Services Department conducted a three-day seminar for union activists titled, “When the Paycheck Stops: The Laid-Off Members’ Lifeline." It also partnered with UNITE HERE Local 1 to offer informational services to laid-off workers at the Hyatt and Congress Hotels and conducted a similar event with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 134 to assist unemployed members obtain valuable services.