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CONTENT: Organizations which offer membership and provide services to individual persons
Branch, Chapter and Local Organizations
CONTENT: These are organizations that operate within a regional scope. Some organizations are completely independent of any parent, however, the bulk of the listings refer to the basic unit of a much larger national organization. The names of these front line outfits follows from their historical structuring, and take the names: branch; chapter; local; and sometimes guild. For those basic units that have a long operating history, resulting in massive growth, 'sub' units or 'sections' may have also been developed.

Also included here are links to pages for individual bargaining units within the base unit. Some organizations charter a new base unit for each bargaining unit organized while others aggregate the bargaining units into one geographic based component. Further, members belonging to the base unit do publish their own personal website or webpage, and links to those are included here.

Over time, websites have been put online without the endorsement of the base unit authority. The bulk of these sites are presented by enthusiastic members, and some flow from an initiative of the parent organization. Once the presiding executive does post a website, they usually mark their home page with a label saying 'official' or 'headquarters' to set their site apart from those others.

The organizations are typically structured regionally. Examples such as regional groups, district groups, local groups, sub-branches each have their own administration team. Similarly, organizations are structured along economic lines. They can be divided into substructures, e.g. sectors, trade groups, branch groups, sub-trade groups or work groups. Further structural arrangements are implemented for specialized departments covering women, pensioners, youth and others.

ACTION: After you pick the country you are interested in from a clickable map or list, a page with the regional organizations is presented. For countries with many regional organizations, a second clickable map or list is presented for you to select from.

National Organizations
CONTENT: These are organizations that operate within a national scope. Most organizations are completely independent of an international parent, however some of the listings refer to the national unit of an organization that operates in two or more countries.

ACTION: After you pick the country you are interested in from a clickable map or list, a page with the national organizations is presented.
International Organizations
CONTENT: These are organizations that operate within an international scope, that is between two or more countries, using the same name.

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CONTENT: Organizations which offer membership and provide services to other labour organizations

At some time, in the distant past, there may have been an actual structural organizational distinction between a council, federation, confederation, association, brotherhood, and others which caused these combinations of base units to adopt one name over another. In modern times, large organizations continue to structure themselves as they've done in the past, however comparing the structures of two different organizations having similar names can lead to difficulties. One of the organizations may give the name council to a particular structural branch, while the other organization may call the comparable structure a federation.

Adding to this lack of conformity is the combination of the base units into further combined forms such as:

  • central unions
  • confederations of autonomous unions
  • confederations of councils
  • councils of societies
  • federations of associations
  • federations of labour
  • federations of unions
  • regional secretariats

These listings do not attempt to identify the functional similarities or differences between this multitude of combinations. The organizations are catalogued according to their name only. An outfit that calls itself a regional federation is listed in the regional federation section even though it may function more like a regional council or labour local of another organization operating within the same jurisdiction. No effort has been made to comparatively evaluate the internal operations of any of these combinations.

Joint Labour Management
CONTENT: These are organizations comprised of both organized labour and management acting as a single entity. Labour and business join forces to optimize their mutual economic leverage.

Business Advantage: In the competitive world of mega-project bidding, construction management can present the potential customer with a bid that guarantees labour peace during all phases of the undertaking.

Labour Advantage: In order to attract highly skilled workers to join, organized labour can offer the security of uninterrupted employment potential as well as a harmonious workplace free from petty meddling and short-changing from the employers' representatives.

Labour Congress
CONTENT: These are organizations that are comprised of combinations of national unions. They represent the interests of the member organizations, acting with one voice on the international stage.
Labour Councils
CONTENT: These are organizations that operate internationally, nationally or regionally. Within different continents, the structure and influence a labour council can have on labour issues varies considerably. These organizations are composed of smaller organizations and act on behalf of their members according to their mandate. Some labour councils will provide employment contract negotiating services to their subordinate member organizations while others draw negotiators from their subordinate organizations and perform negotiations with employer associations on behalf of all the members.

Labour councils are formed between many different labour organizations. Examples include:
  • councils of labour organizations working for the same employer - i.e. public service
  • councils of labour organizations working in the same economic sector - i.e. construction, building trades, industrial skilled trades
  • councils of labour organizations in the same geographic subdivision - i.e. town, suburb, greater city, district, region, county, state, department, provincial, prefecture

Labour council membership can range from several hundred members to millions of members. Large councils may involve themselves not only with local issues, but also with other councils from other parts of the world, providing solidarity foundations between like-workers over vast geographic areas.
Labour Federations
CONTENT: These are organizations that federate internationally, nationally or regionally. Within different continents, the structure and influence a labour council can have on labour issues varies considerably. These organizations are composed of smaller organizations and act on behalf of their members according to their mandate. Some labour federations will provide employment contract negotiating services to their subordinate member organizations while others draw negotiators from their subordinate organizations and perform negotiations with employer associations on behalf of all the members. Some of these confederacies mirror the government structures.

Many factors separate groups of workers from one another. For example, workers in the same occupation can be separated in terms of geography, whereas workers in the same location can find themselves separated from their neighbours because they work for different employers and so on. Regardless of their type of separation, individual trade union workers employed in the different locations, occupations, professions, or industries are "federalised" or united together. The separated organizations join together in order to protect the common interests of all workers and employees.

Labour federations are formed between many different labour organizations. Examples include:
  • federations of labour organizations working for the same employer - i.e. public service
  • federations of labour organizations working in the same economic sector - i.e. construction, building trades, industrial skilled trades
  • federations of labour organizations in the same geographic subdivision - i.e. town, suburb, greater city, district, region, county, state, department, provincial, prefecture

Labour federation membership can range from several hundred members to millions of members. Large federations may involve themselves not only with local issues, but also with other federations from other parts of the world, providing solidarity foundations between like-workers over vast geographic areas.

Many labour federations deal exclusively with political entities. These federations were created to provide a space where political solutions can be put forth either to the membership as a whole, to governments in power, or to voters in general.

Securing Worker Rights
Activists
CONTENT: Activist are individuals involved in raising awareness to issues and concerns that fall both inside and outside the employment venue. Combinations of activists use the names flying squads, alliances, coalitions, movements.
Campaigning Groups       10 Sub-Categories
CONTENT: Organized labour, activists, crusaders mount campaigns to obtain some defined outcome. Within the categories that subdivide this site, there is probably at least one campaign being run that popularizes the issue. This category attempts to itemize the campaigns that are currently underway. They are sorted by location after having been arranged by issue type.


  • Boycotts of Products and Services
    CONTENT: A boycott typically involves asking consumers to stop using a specified product or service while the campaigners settle their dispute with the provider of that product or service. The request to boycott is a familiar way for campaigners to raise awareness to their cause. Once the grassroots has take hold of the boycott action the effectiveness of the campaign can be measured.

  • Child Labour Abolishment
    CONTENT: The eradication of the most harmful forms of child labour is an ongoing process that is active in almost every corner of the globe.

  • Corporation and Business Policy Reversal
    CONTENT: Campaigns can demand that a single act of a bundle of acts by a business be undone. Many times the pressure brought to bear on the company by the protest is enough to overturn the actions of the enterprise.

  • Employee Defense
    CONTENT: Employees can be defended from suits launched by employers who use the attack mode of the legal system to shield their poor management performance from public inspection. Employer associations can be duped into using this tactic to thwart their common opposition while the dominant predator within their ranks connives to dismantle its direct competitor.

  • Employee Support
    CONTENT: Employees often takes steps to gain support from the broader public. By raising awareness to their plight, workers can talk to customers, consumers and government agencies about their difficulties well in advance avoiding industrial action (strike action).

  • Government Policy Reversal
    CONTENT: More often than not, politicians who proceed to enact legislative changes that threatens working families do so with only a partial understanding of the issues. A high percentage of high ranking bureaucrats and top level civil servants knowingly mislead their political masters time and time again. Workers must campaign directly for the attention of the law makers who are shielded from the actual state of affairs by their handlers. Stunts, street theater and traffic shutdowns can be used to stir the reclusive politician to the window on reality from their comfortable chair.

    Usually, after having denounced the campaign in a number of fiery retorts, a scandal or fiasco ensues. Often the political life of the candidate is threatened by the fallout. The flawed and failed government policy is then made public and the wonks turfed. The politician follows up by offering thanks to the campaigners for holding true to their cause after having quietly reversing the bad law.

  • Shorter Work Time
    CONTENT: A new approach to ensuring higher quality of work-life and worker output involves reduced worker hours.

  • Sweatshop Abolishment
    CONTENT: Sweatshop workplaces are under attack from around the world. Over the years, these campaigns to eradicate sweatshop labour have been gaining ground. Clearly the consumer can be persuaded to demand sweatshop free products.

  • Worker Struggle
    CONTENT: Regional or nation-based groups of workers band together to demand changes in their societal system. The desire for decent work can be met through many routes. Usually a large number of individuals must work together and promote their cause collectively, since individually they struggle alone and in isolation. Typically a large scale work stoppage ensues. By withdrawing their labour, workers can shut down entire geo-political areas and render the powers that be absolutely ineffective.

  • Worker Support
    CONTENT: Often workers within a particular employment sector toil without relief from their oppression. Even though they work in small groups, by joining together they can effectively bring their issue to the attention of those in power.

Enron Employee Info
CONTENT: A listing of sites have come online since the bankruptcy filing of Enron Corporation. The focus is on the former lower-rung employee.
Human Rights
CONTENT: A listing of sites that focus primarily on human rights issues.
Organizing Drives
CONTENT: An organizing drive is a special campaign by a labour organization to be recognized by the applicable government subdivision as the sole agent that can legally bargain employment issues on behalf of a specified group of employees. The bargaining agent obtains the sole right to bargain through a process called bargaining unit certification.
Organizing Information
CONTENT: Labour organizations regularly present information to groups of employees about how they can organize their workplace. An organized workplace is one in which relations between management and the workers is regulated. Within any location, the four parties comprised of the labour board (government), the employer (management), the workers (bargaining unit) and organized labour (bargaining agent) must follow a prescribed process in order to maintain a harmonious relationship.

There are many factors that affect the success of an organizing campaign, including: workplace geo-political jurisdiction (federal, regional, local), economic sector (public or private), type of work (professional, agricultural, managerial, skilled, unskilled), permanence of workforce (seasonal, construction site, institutional, industrial), societal importance (military, essential service). Different rules, practices and procedures come in to play for the organization of workplaces that make up the complicated world of work.
Politics and Actions       15 Sub-Categories
CONTENT: Politics involves the methods and means of distributing those common goods and services to members of the particular group. Some people exercise their political muscle in the workplace and are satisfied with the office politics and its perquisites. Many workers are not satisfied with vying for the latest trinket dangled by the boss, and most want meaningful political change to occur. There are many persuasions that detail how people should go about obtaining and maintaining fairness in the workplace. Many of these concepts are extensions of national political theories.


  • Actions
    CONTENT: Capitalists use money as their currency. After they have completed their transactions, they record the score in terms of how much MONEY they gained or lost. Politicians use power as their currency. After they have completed their transactions, they record the score in terms of how much POWER they gained or lost.

    Naturally, political groups attempt to eliminate the corrupting influence that money can have on the players in their arena. They all enjoy a good prize fight without anyone taking a dive for payola. Likewise, money coiners attempt to eliminate the corrupting influence that power can have on the players in their arena. They all enjoy a good card game without being raided by the authorities.

    Activists and their Political Action Committees (PAC) defend their communities against the destructive forces of the money lusters and power brokers.

  • Anarchy
    CONTENT: Anarchist systems do not permit a leader to dominate the process.

  • Candidates and Office Bearers
    CONTENT: Working families look to candidates and office holders to represent their interests. When the politician fails to get the job done, they are voted out of office. Organized labour backs the candidates they feel will best prevent the enactment of the right wing corporate agenda.

  • Commentary and Opinion
    CONTENT: Bloggers, pundits philosophers and pragmatists all offer their insight and point of view as they go at it, hammer and tong, reshaping and reforming the concept of politics.

  • Communism
    CONTENT: Communist systems attempt to distribute all goods and services according to need. Communism's goal is to abolish private property.

  • General
    CONTENT: Facets of the political process attract individuals and groups to comment and take actions in an effort to influence the ongoing proceedings.

  • Internal Union Politics
    CONTENT: Labour organizations welcome dissent and constructive criticism. Such encounters prevent their structures from becoming tired, worn-out and obsolete. Candidates running for union office need to get their message out to the membership. This ensures an informed electorate which can make the best use of their votes.

  • Leftists
    CONTENT: The traditional left wing, allied with wage earners, promote initiatives that oppose those in the right wing, allied with profit takers.

  • Miscellaneous
    CONTENT: Emerging contrarian groups that oppose the established order do not need to embrace a rigid political structure while they evolve.

  • Parties
    CONTENT: Party liners, platform builders, youth, reformers, alliances join together to promote their vision of who will get what, when, why, where, and for how long.

  • Politician Recall Related
    CONTENT: From time to time, an office bearer becomes corrupted by big business. The symptom of this structural rot is indicated when the decision maker can no longer be compelled to perform accordingly for the reward of the politician's currency: MORE POLITICAL POWER. They have lost the craving for power and set material gain as their goal. Other politicians are no longer able to make backroom deals with the corrupted official, since all they have to offer is power, not cash. This sick element no longer wants power, and as such is out of control, rudderless. The healthy politicians cut this rotted appendage adrift and then they set sail for less stormy waters where deals and trades of the power brokering kind can be made in earnest.

    The wayward rogue continues making decisions that favour their corporate masters only. They are corrupt to the point that they only respond to those material inducements held out to them or paid for them on their behalf. They are 'on the take'. They relish the meals, trips, parties, presents and payola that is lavished on them for simply having their recorded decisions favour their moneyed benefactor.

    Judicial Review is the process that can be implemented asking the court to expunge the record of the rogues' filthy, odious leavings. The court actually undoes the bad decision, restoring the previous state of affairs. Departments or ministries that are the subject of this legal action can run 'headless' for a while after the party leader has declared 'heads will roll' and 'cleaned house'. Similarly major government decisions facing Judicial Review indicate systemic taint and these administrations are usually replaced during the next election cycle.

    For other dim bulb performers, Order Mandamus has been used to compel an otherwise recalcitrant politician to fulfill the duties, functions and obligations of their office. Bloated and distracted, corrupt politicians need to be brought to heel before they cause irreversible harm to their constituency.

    A new development in the political arena involves the recalling of the elected official in an effort to elect a new candidate in to office. Once the office bearer has been deemed to be totally unfit, and the process of recall begun, there is almost no likelihood that they will be re-elected back into the office they were forced to vacate.

  • Politics, Elections and Voters
    CONTENT: 'Getting out the vote' is probably the single, most reliable, sure fire way to get your candidate elected. Helping people get to the polls is more important than anything your rubber-chicken-dinning, show-boating, glad-handing, cigar-puffing, back-slapping, joke-telling, speech-making, bus-riding, opening-pitch-throwing nominee can do, ever!

  • Resources
    CONTENT: Resources can help voters to participate in the established political system as well as gain insight in to new, radical and less destructive forms of partisan allocation.

  • Revolution
    CONTENT: Some envision a complete replacement of the existing political machinery.

  • Social Democracy
    CONTENT: Promoting that the needs of society are filled using a democratic political process.

  • Toward Democracy
    CONTENT: Democracy is gaining popularity because the process protects society's minorities from the destructive will of society's majorities. Geopolitical subdivisions moving toward this system can share with others in their struggle to establish many democratic institutions.

  • US State Democratic Parties
    CONTENT: The United States political party that is generally sympathetic to the needs of working families presents online information from the federal party, through state, county, district, municipal, and neighbourhood organizations.

Women and Work
CONTENT: Women have many new and varied opportunities available to them. By presenting these options, women-focused groups can raise the awareness of the general population. Both women and minorities can be reached through resources that have been tailored to their particular needs.


  • Career Development
    CONTENT: Choosing a career, planning a career path, and having the right resources can help to ensure a successful, productive career.

  • Empowerment
    CONTENT: Realizing that the power is already accessible is usually half the battle. Wielding the power, fending off attacks, laying claim to the prize, and achieving victory are all learnable, repeatable plays of the power game.

  • Entrepreneurship
    CONTENT: Being your own boss, dominating your niche market, attaining excellence in the business world are possible working for yourself or working for someone else.

  • Equality
    CONTENT: The Women's Movement, the largest, ongoing, unstoppable, worldwide force that will ultimately penetrate every aspect of human interaction needs a continuous stream of newcomers to swell its ranks.

  • Women and Family
    CONTENT: Managing home, work, parents and children can be done successfully once the systemic obstacles have been cleared away.

  • Financial Info
    CONTENT: Figuring, financing and funding hurdles must be overcome on the road to economic freedom.

  • History
    CONTENT: Some stories about those who have risen up and taken on the activist role.

  • Networking
    CONTENT: Telling each and every contact, regardless of how vague the aquaintanceship, exactly what you want, is the one, sure-fire way to getting what you want. To network simply means - Step (1) find some to tell your message to, Step (2) tell them your message, Step (3) repeat step (1) and step (2)

  • Women and Political
    CONTENT: More candidate development leading to office-bearing decision makers at all levels of the organization is key.

  • Social Status Improvement
    CONTENT: Individual status and gender status advancement requires collaboration and cooperation by each member of the partnership. Seek those that help you up, shun those that pull you down.

  • Vocation
    CONTENT: Training, mentorship, internship, and support are required to make that next career move. Seize each opportunity for advancement and make it your prisoner.

  • Working Women Organization
    CONTENT: Formal structures help disseminate the most successful tactics and strategies to the greatest numbers of participants at the lowest cost. Once you understand the rules of the game, and have practiced the fundamentals you can team up with other on the sidelines to keep your skills fresh. Be ready to win economic justice for yourself.

Worker Discontent
CONTENT: Disgruntled, and with a feeling of being marginalized, workers in unorganized workplaces offer their side of service sector employment. Caught between the boss and the customer, these front line workers are all too ready to rant, spread rumours, gripe and complain. As a workforce transiting toward organization, the worldwide solidarity that retail and service sector workers are developing can be nothing short of astounding.
Worker Rights
CONTENT: Workers fight to secure their rights in many different ways. Advocates usually organize and focus their efforts along a single issue. Sometimes they combine with others to take their fight nationally and internationally.
WorldCom Employee Info
CONTENT: A listing of sites that have come online since the bankruptcy filing of WorldCom Corporation. The focus is on the former lower-rung employee.


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