Conferences and Events

The AFL-CIO hosts conferences, summits and an ongoing series of lectures and symposiums at our headquarters, colloquially known as the "House of Labor." 

We celebrate today's achievements, remember our legacy and continue to forge a path toward a future of shared prosperity. 

Upcoming Events

Congressional Briefing: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in the Workplace

May 24, 2017
9 - 10:30 a.m.
Cannon House Office Building, Room 122

This briefing will feature testimony from women organizers who are fighting to eradicate gender-based violence domestically, in the garment sector in Bangladesh, and in agricultural supply chains in Honduras.

​​​​​​Judy Gearhart, Executive Director, International Labor Rights Forum


  • Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D - Ill.)
  • Iris Munguía, Secretary for Women’s Affairs, Federación de Sindicatos de Trabajadores de la Agroindustria (FESTAGRO- Federation of Farmworker Unions) and Herminia Carranza, STAS – Sindicato Trabajadores de la Agroindustria y Similares, Honduras
  • Kalpona Akter, Executive Director, Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity
  • Cassandra Waters, Global Worker Rights Specialist, AFL-CIO International Department

RSVP to Sarah Newell at [email protected] or Cassandra Varanka at [email protected].

Labor Movement Discussions

The AFL-CIO hosts an occasional series of lunchtime lectures and film screening called Ideas @ Work. These events are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

Death by Design: The Dirty Secret of our Digital Addiction (co-sponsored with DC Labor FilmFest)
May 26, 2017
12–2:30 p.m.

Filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. From the intensely secretive factories in China, to a ravaged New York community and the high tech corridors of Silicon Valley, the film tells a story of environmental degradation, of health tragedies, and the fast approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.

Labor Under Fire: A History of the AFL-CIO since 1979
June 1, 2017
12–1 p.m.

In a history that spans from 1979 to the present, Timothy J. Minchin tells a sweeping, national story of how the AFL-CIO sustained itself and remained a significant voice in spite of its powerful enemies and internal constraints. Full of details, characters and never-before-told stories drawn from unexamined, restricted and untapped archives, as well as interviews with crucial figures involved with the organization, this book tells the definitive history of the modern AFL-CIO.

The Freedom to Marry (co-sponsored with DC Labor FilmFest)
June 7, 2017
5–7 p.m.

“The Freedom to Marry” chronicles the decades-long battle to win marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples, culminating dramatically at the U.S. Supreme Court.

June 14, 2017
5–7 p.m.

A documentary on the U.S. penal system, directed by Ava DuVernay.

AFL-CIO Conventions

Every four years, the AFL-CIO holds a convention to democratically elect officers. Elected delegates representing working people from across the country and from every job category come together to choose their leaders and express their policy preferences. Our convention adopts resolutions that guide the labor movement and improve the lives of working people. Openness, transparency and democracy are key components of how we work.

The 2017 AFL-CIO Convention will be held Oct. 22–26, 2017, in St. Louis.