Area Labor Federations are the regional level of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the national federation of unions that represents about 11.5 of the 14.5 million union members in the United States.
The Huron Valley Area Labor Federation, formed on April 1, 2016, incorporated the Huron Valley Central Labor Council (HVCLC) which affiliated union locals operating in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties. It also assumed responsibility for Jackson and Hillsdale Counties.
Our mission and goal remain the same: Bringing together local union leaders to build a labor movement that improves the lives of all working families. We work to achieve our mission by supporting struggles for worker rights and living wages in the workplace, and by changing the balance of political power to achieve racial and social justice in our region.
However, with the help of Solidarity Grants from the AFL-CIO, this work is now supported by a full-time HVALF Field Coordinator. Volunteers remain the heart and soul of our organization, but our Field Coordinator allows us to deepen our member volunteer base and coordinate their efforts more effectively, develop more young leaders, forge stronger links with community allies, launch new campaigns, and strengthen our political work.
As of December 30, 2017, the HVALF has 42 local union affiliates, belonging to 23 national (or international) unions. Taken together, our affiliates represent about 16,000 union members who live and/or work in the four counties over which the HVALF has jurisdiction.
The HVALF has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Monroe-Lenawee Central Labor Council (MLCLC) to allocate some of our Field Coordinator’s time to supporting labor movement building work in their counties. In return, the MLCLC provides some financial support for our Field Coordinator in the form of monthly per capita contributions. The leadership of the HVALF and the MLCLC meet regularly to assess the Field Coordinators work and plan next steps.