CFL News
April 19, 2018

AFL-CIO Midwest District Meeting Held in Chicago

AFL-CIO Midwest District Meeting Held in Chicago

On March 13, Chicago played host to union leaders from state federations, central labor councils and affiliated unions from nine states at the AFL-CIO Midwest District Meeting. Led by the theme of Join, Fight, Win Together, union leaders from across the Midwest collaborated around ways the AFL-CIO and America’s unions are lifting up working people across the country.

CFL President Jorge Ramirez spoke at the conference, welcoming the organizers, leaders and community liaisons who had gathered from across the region.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka addressed the crowd, talking about defining victory for working people. He discussed the goals for the labor movement, including beating anti-worker legislation through member engagement and better organizing union members to become part of the political process. President Trumka also praised the efforts of the CFL and UNITE HERE Local 1 to help protect the safety of hospitality workers by lobbying Chicago’s City Council to pass the “Hands Off, Pants On” ordinance. He said, “It was a vivid reminder that we are a movement of heroes,” when speaking about meeting with Local 1 members who led the charge.

Much of the conference was centered around discussions on how to build a stronger labor movement, including workshops on member engagement, ways union members can lead in local elections, and tools unions and organizers can use to engage their members. The meeting was an excellent opportunity to reinvigorate the labor movement.

The CFL was proud to see Chicago’s labor movement prominently on display.