Programs

Our programs train and support working people in all stages of their career. We provide opportunities for union members, as well as future members to gain valuable skills to become leaders in their unions, advocate for workers’ rights and become forces of good for their communities.

¡Adelante! We Rise!

The AFL-CIO is opening the doors of our union halls to engage immigrant workers, whatever their status, and help them gain a voice on the job and advance toward full rights and equal protections.

Center for Strategic Research

The Center for Strategic Research, an arm of the AFL-CIO Organizing Department, provides strategic planning, corporate research, industry research and issue research to support AFL-CIO organizing and programs.

Common Sense Economics

Common Sense Economics is a training and education program, conducted by and for union members and progressive allies, to educate working people on how our economy works and how actions and policies impact our economy. For communities and working people across the country, it seems as if the economy is like the weather, something unpredictable that happens to us. But the economy isn’t like the weather—it doesn’t just happen. Politicians support policies that foster an economy that works for Wall Street and the privileged few instead of one that works for everyone. Together, we can change that.

Investment Trusts

The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) and the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust (BIT) are investment vehicles for pension plans that create union construction jobs. The HIT invests in residential real estate loans, and the BIT invests in commercial real estate equity. Investment trusts are a win for everyone. Working people, through their pension funds, are investing in good-paying American jobs and infrastructure projects.

Law Student Union Summer

Law Student Union Summer is a unique internship for law students who want to make working people’s lives better.

Next Up Young Worker Program

The AFL-CIO Next Up Young Worker Program program is made up of young people in unions, progressive allies, students and community groups who work to advance social and economic justice and ensure that all people have the opportunity to secure a better future.

Organizing Institute

The AFL-CIO Organizing Institute (OI) runs training programs for members and beginner and lead organizers, and recruits new organizers into the labor movement through the OI Apprenticeship program.

Strategic Research Summer School

The AFL-CIO Center for Strategic Research and the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations offer a weeklong “bootcamp” in June, conducted at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. It is geared toward training students and helping them get on unions’ hiring radar.

Women’s Global Leadership Program

The Women’s Global Leadership Program is a four-day program in New York City that brings together women union and labor movement leaders and activists from across the United States to learn about the global economy and strengthen organizing and advocacy skills.