AFA-CWA represents nearly 60,000 flight attendants at 19 airlines, serving as a voice for flight attendants at their workplace, in the industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill. Simply put, the goal of flight attendants who become part of AFA-CWA is to negotiate better pay, benefits, working conditions and work rules at their airline, and to improve their safety on the job.
AFGE represents 650,000 federal and D.C. government workers nationwide and overseas, including more than 45,000 airport Transportation Safety Officers (TSOs). AFGE works to ensure that TSOs have fair pay, benefits, and workplace rights so that they can protect the flying public.
With more than 1.6 million working and retired members, AFSCME represents a broad coalition of public services employees, including those in transportation. AFSCME members design, build, maintain, and operate America’s streets, highways, airports, public transport, parking facilities, and ports; direct traffic; keep buses and transit trains moving; plow roads; and inspect bridges, highways, and tunnels.
Within its 1.6 million-strong membership, AFT represents transportation workers who help keep U.S. schools and roads safe. AFT members drive school buses, college campus shuttle buses, and delivery trucks; they keep school buses and other school and college vehicles running safely; they work in state transportation departments; and they drive plows and emergency vehicles.
ALPA represents and advocates for more than 61,000 pilots at 33 U.S. and Canadian airlines, making it the world’s largest airline pilot union. Through unbiased, fact-based evaluation of airline safety and security issues, ALPA works to ensure that the airline industry remains safe. ALPA represents pilots’ views to decision-makers, including Congress and federal agencies, and ALPA pilot groups have negotiated hundreds of contracts with airlines.
ATDA represents train operators, train dispatchers, rail traffic controllers, and workers who supply the electric power for railroad signaling and propulsion. ATDA also represents block operators, train and engine service employees, yardmasters and maintenance of way employees. ATDA works on behalf of its members to negotiate with railroads, engage in legislative and regulatory activity, and provide discipline and grievance handling.
With more than 190,000 members, ATU is the largest labor union representing transit and allied workers in the U.S. and Canada. From bus drivers to light rail operators to maintenance and clerical personnel and other transit and municipal employees, the ATU works to promote transit issues and fights for the interests of its hard-working members at all levels of government.
The BLET represents more than 57,000 active and retired members, including Locomotive Engineers, Conductors, Brakemen, Firemen, Switchmen, Hostlers and other Train Service Employees on U.S. railroads.
BLET is North America's oldest rail labor union. The BLET marked its 150th anniversary in 2013 and was founded in Detroit, MI on May 8, 1863, as the Brotherhood of the Footboard; a year later, its name was changed to The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. The BLE merged with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and became the BLET on January 1, 2004.
The BMWED represents nearly 26,000 workers who build and maintain the tracks, bridges, buildings and other structures on railroads across the nation.
BMWED was founded as a fraternal organization in Demopolis, AL in 1887 by Track Foreman John T. Wilson. The BMWED was once an International union with more than 350,000 members in the United States and Canada. The BMWE merged with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in 2005.
Established in 1901, the BRS is a transportation labor union representing more than 10,000 signal employees on the freight, passenger, and commuter railroads across the United States and Canada. Members of the BRS install, repair, and maintain the signal systems utilized by railroads to direct train movements and the warning systems used at railroad-highway crossings.
CWA represents 700,000 workers, including airline customer service agents, flight attendants and state transportation department workers. CWA and allies are working to build a movement of 50 million activists across unions, environmental, civil rights and other groups, to break through barriers to democracy that block progress on secure jobs, bargaining and organizing rights, health care and retirement security.
With headquarters in Washington, DC, and Ottawa, Ontario, the IAFF represents more than 300,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics throughout the United States and Canada, including those who respond to air, train and truck accidents and hazardous materials incidents. The IAFF is the driving force behind nearly every advance in fire and emergency safety and health in the 21st Century.
The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union, AFL-CIO (IW), is a proud trade association whose beginnings go back to the 1890s. The IW represents 120,000 members in North America. Members of our union have worked on nearly every major construction project you can think of - the Golden Gate Bridge, the Sears Tower, the St. Louis Arch, the Oil Sands Plant Expansion in Alberta, the World Trade Center and Freedom Tower. We represent ironworkers who work on bridges, structural steel, ornamental, architectural, and miscellaneous metals, rebar and in shops. Across North America, we build.
And we build safely and skillfully, getting the job done right and on time.
The IAM is a diverse union that represents more than 700,000 active and retired members in many different industries. The history of the IAM is intertwined with the history of commercial transportation in the United States. Founded in 1888 by 19 railroad workers in Atlanta, Georgia, the IAM has grown to be the largest airline, aerospace and railroad union in the world.
IBB represents workers in shipbuilding, manufacturing, freight and passenger rail, mining, and other related industries throughout the United States and Canada. IBB was organized in 1880, making it one of the oldest unions in the United States. IBB is politically active on behalf of its membership, has established national funds for pensions, health, and welfare, and runs a strong apprentice program for its members.
The IBEW represents 750,000 active members and retirees working in utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads, and government in the United States and Canada. IBEW’s railroad members inspect, test, repair and maintain locomotives, passenger cars, communication systems, signal systems and facilities for Amtrak, freight, and commuter railroads in the U.S. and Canada.
Organized in 1892, ILA represents longshore workers along the East Coast of the United States and Canada, the Gulf Coast, the Great Lakes, Puerto Rico, and inland waterways. ILA members load and unload vessels throughout American ports and ensure that the American shipping industry runs smoothly.
IUOE represents workers ranging from heavy equipment operators and mechanics in the construction industry to stationary engineers in the private and public sectors. Its members operate the machinery needed to build, maintain, and service American and Canadian roads, bridges, tunnels, and transit systems. IUOE advocates for its members and families through the collective bargaining process and legislative action, and provides expert training and certification programs.
IUPAT represents more than 160,000 active and retired workers in the United States and Canada. IUPAT’s members work in the Finishing Trades as industrial and commercial painters and perform essential work in the transportation sector by painting bridges, parking, traffic and air strip lines, trucks, automobile and railroad cars, ships, and aircraft.
LIUNA’s half-million members power the North American construction industry and are united through collective bargaining agreements that ensure family-supporting pay, good benefits and the opportunity for advancement and better lives. LIUNA members build roads and bridges to keep us safe and strong and energy systems to power our future.
The oldest maritime trade union in the United States, MEBA represents licensed mariners aboard container ships, tankers, cruise ships, tugboats, and ferries. MEBA members also sail on government-contracted ships, LNG vessels and work in various capacities in the shoreside industries. MEBA drives and supports collective bargaining agreements and provides state-of-the-art technical training for members.
MM&P represents professional mariners who sail on U.S.-flag ships. The membership includes licensed deck officers, marine engineers, unlicensed mariners, state pilots, Civil Service mariners and shore-side clerical and service workers. The union is a dynamic advocate for its 6,500 members and a voice in Washington, D.C., for the domestic maritime industry and America’s Merchant Marine.
NALC is the union of city delivery letter carriers working for the United States Postal Service. NALC represents nearly 300,000 members, some two-thirds of which are active city delivery letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service. It represents its members in collective bargaining with USPS and advocates for their interests in Congress and other political, legislative and regulatory bodies.
NATCA represents more than 20,000 air traffic controllers, engineers, and other safety-related professionals. It is the exclusive bargaining representative for air traffic controllers employed by the Federal Aviation Administration, and represents other workers related to air traffic control, as well as within the FAA itself. NATCA members are devoted to ensuring the safety of every flight.
NCFO, SEIU represents workers who maintain and repair freight and passenger rail cars and those who drive school buses. The union also counts members in building services, food processing, distilleries, manufacturing, federal parks, and public services.
OPEIU represents more than 108,000 employees and independent contractors in credit unions, hospitals and medical clinics, higher education, transportation, shipping, utilities, hotels, and administrative offices. Also, OPEIU represents emergency response helicopter pilots, as well as those helicopter pilots who support oil rigs throughout the Gulf of Mexico, ensuring that they have access to fair wages, benefits, and safe workplaces.
Since 1977, PASS has represented more than 11,000 employees of the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Defense. PASS members install, maintain, support, and certify air traffic control and national defense equipment; inspect and oversee the commercial and general aviation industries; develop flight procedures; and perform quality analysis of aviation systems used in air traffic control and national defense in the United States and abroad.
SMART is one of North America’s most diverse and dynamic unions, with 216,000 members, including sheet metal workers, service technicians, bus operators, engineers, conductors, sign workers, welders, production employees, and more. It advocates for fairness in the workplace and opportunity for all working families.
The Transportation Division of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers represents rail, bus, mass transit, and aviation workers, including employees on Class I, regional, and shortline rails; bus and mass transit employees; and airline pilots, dispatchers, and other airport personnel. It sets the pace in national and state legislative activity, collective bargaining, and in efforts to improve safety and working conditions.
The SUP has been in continuous operation since 1885, representing unlicensed mariners who work in the deck, engine and stewards departments in U.S-flag vessels. The union is active in the political and legislative fields to promote the U.S. Merchant Marine and its value to the nation in times of peace, war and national emergency.
TCU represents approximately 46,000 members in the U.S., most of whom are employed in the railroad industry. An affiliate of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, TCU represents clerks, auto technicians, computer programmers, skycaps and redcaps, on-board service workers, secretaries, supervisors, government workers, truck drivers, accountants, yardmasters, inter-modal workers, police officers, reservations agents, transit workers, and others.
TWU’s membership of 160,000 workers makes airplanes fly, subways run, buses drive, and casinos shine. TWU has four divisions: Transit, Utility, Universities, and Service; Airline; Railroad; and Gaming. The union represents its members at the bargaining table and with legislators in Washington, D.C., working to ensure that the members of TWU have their voices heard on critical issues.
The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) is one of the largest and most diverse unions in North America, with members in virtually every sector of the economy. UAW-represented workplaces range from multinational corporations, small manufacturers and state and local governments to colleges and universities, hospitals and private non-profit organizations. The UAW has more than 400,000 active members and more than 580,000 retired members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
The UMWA represents coal miners, clean coal technicians, health care workers, truck drivers, manufacturing workers, and public employees. Through freight rail – for which coal represents 40% of total freight – mine workers have maintained strong ties to the transportation industry. The UMWA provides workers with a voice on the job for safe workplaces, good wages and benefits, and fair representation in workplaces.
UNITE HERE represents workers throughout the U.S. and Canada who work in the hotel, gaming, food service, airport, textile, manufacturing, distribution, laundry, and transportation industries. UNITE HERE members include 33,000 employees in the airport concessions and airline catering industries, and members in the Amtrak Service Works Council. With a diverse membership, UNITE HERE seeks to enable people of all backgrounds to achieve greater equality and opportunity.
With 1.2 million members and retirees, USW is North America’s largest industrial union. Its members work for travel agencies and trucking and warehouse firms, and drive buses, taxis, trucks, and water transports. USW negotiates collective bargaining agreements in order to raise wages, deliver benefits to workers, secure equal treatment on the job, and ensure that workers can resolve differences with management.