Organized labor and United Way: Together, building a stronger community

Organized labor and United Way: Together, building a stronger community 2018-09-07T10:42:08+00:00

Over the years, we’ve seen how a strong partnership between labor and management has a positive and powerful impact on the community.

Our mission

To build a stronger Miami-Dade County by uniting union members to make personal investments of time and resources in our community through United Way.

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United Way of Miami-Dade and AFL-CIO Partnership

For decades, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and United Way of Miami-Dade have enjoyed a cooperative relationship based on three key principles:

  • Focusing on the training and personal development of individuals
  • Providing services to workers and their families
  • Encouraging positive community change through personal involvement

Over the years, we’ve seen how a strong partnership between labor and management has a positive and powerful impact on the community as a whole and within the workplace as well. At United Way, labor representatives serve in many key leadership roles – as volunteers on key standing committees, and as trustees and champions for our work in education, financial stability and health.

Meet our organized labor partners

Union Community Activist Network (UCAN) trainings

The UCAN training series, sponsored by United Way of Miami-Dade and South Florida’s AFL-CIO, is a training program that prepares union volunteers with expanded skills and information to help and empower members, coworkers, their families and neighbors to seek existing social services.

The five-week training is recommended for organized labor representatives/members and human resource managers, as well as employee assistance program and member assistance program representatives. Upon completion of the course, participants will be certified as a trained AFL-CIO/United Way peer counselor.

Topics covered include:

  • Case Management
  • Domestic violence
  • Emergency services
  • Family counseling
  • Food banks
  • Social Security
  • Housing assistance and programs
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Layoff assistance
  • Listening skills
  • Mental health
  • Grief counseling
  • Web resources

For more information, contact Sheryl Lemon at lemons@unitedwaymiami.org or call (305) 646-7032.

To learn more about the AFL-CIO in South Florida, visit fl.aflcio.org/sfaflcio.