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Constituency Groups

Constituency groups are nonprofit organizations chartered by the national AFL–CIO, who may form local chapters where a state chapter has been formed. Representatives of active local groups may hold seats on the Executive Council and be represented in the delegates body. 

By working with constituency groups, the GBLC seeks to help nurture a new generation of union leaders. Our vision is of a diverse worker-led labor movement with leadership that reflects the membership's diversity. Currently, Pride at Work, APRI and The Coalition of Retired Americans are active in the GBLC and have a seat on the Executive Council. A new Boston-area chapter of LCLLA is beginning to form and APALA will be joining our board soon.

Below are the Constituency Groups of the AFL-CIO. A asterisk (*) indicates a local Massachusetts or Boston-area chapter. 

*A. Philip Randolph Institute, Greater Boston Chapter
APRI began as an alliance between the civil rights movement and the labor movement. Their mission is to fight for racial equality and economic justice.

AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council
The Union Veterans Council brings working class veterans together to speak out on the issues that impact their lives such as the need for good jobs and a strong, fully funded and staffed VA.

*Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
APALA Massachusetts Chapter, email:
APALA is the first and only national organization of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workers. They strive to advance worker, immigrant and civil rights.

*Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
CBTU strives to improve economic development and employment opportunities for Black workers and to provide a voice and vehicle for greater Black and minority participation.

Coalition of Labor Union Women
Formed in 1974, the CLUW is a unifying voice for all union women and strives to increase the involvement of all women in their unions and in the legislative and political process.

*Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
LCLAA has proudly represented the interests of nearly 2 million Latino/a union workers since 1972, and continues to fight for the protection of their families, communities and workers rights.

*Pride At Work of Eastern Massachusetts
Pride at Work seeks full equality for LGBTQ workers at work and in unions. They work for a labor movement that values diversity, encourages openness, and ensures safety and dignity.

*Massachusetts Alliance for Retired Americans
Since 2001 the ARA has organized retired union members, seniors, and community activists across the nation to advocate for social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens.