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AFL-CIO Labor Activities Director

Cheryl Graham

Organized labor is part of United Way both nationally and locally. The AFL-CIO policy on community services encourages state federations and local Central Labor Councils to support the United Way structure by assisting with fundraising and supporting human service delivery systems. Locally, the United Way of Howard County and the Howard-Tipton Counties Central Labor Council have an established partnership that begins with the AFL-CIO Community Service Liaison (CSL), a position that has existed within the United Way since the 1950's. The partnership strives to include all area unions working closely with AFL-CIO affiliates and non-affiliates. The CSL program was established to meet the needs of workers in the community and assist each United Way in obtaining funds and volunteers through the labor community. To find out more about available services and programs, contact Cheryl Graham AFL-CIO Labor Activity Director at (765) 457-4357 or cgraham@unitedwayhoco.org.

Organized Labor is represented throughout the United Way of Howard County structure. George Maus, UAW 1302 and Jeff Haworth, AFSCME 2185, represent labor for the United Way Board. Union members are also represented on various volunteer committees.









Organized Labor and the United Way Community Campaign




Labor Partners

Union members are a part of each level of the local United Way campaign. Each year a Labor Chair is appointed to assist with workplace campaigns involving organized labor and to recruit union volunteers to help during the campaign. In addition, union members serve as Loaned Associates, the backbone of fundraising for each community campaign. In addition to various national union endorsements of the United Way campaigns, local union organizations endorse the Howard County community campaign. Last year, 22 organizations lent their endorsement:


UAW #292
UAW #685 
IBEW #873
USW # 2958 - Rex Ambrose, 2015 Labor Chair
UAW #1166
UAW #1302
AFSCME #3733
UAW/CAP
UAW #685 Retirees
OPEIU #1
Carpenter's #615
APRI
SOAR
AFSCME #2185
APWU #1014
UAW #292 Retirees
IUOE Local #103
NALC #533
ITU #1/Mailers #10
Firefighters #396
Plumber's and Steamfitter's #440
Howard-Tipton Co. CLC
GMP #238
USW 7-154
KTA
OPEIU #277
SMWIA #20

The Labor Activity Director provides customized training and coordination of programs through union organizations. There is primary programming to assist workers and their families through times of job transition and dealing with stress. Service includes connecting workers in need with available resources. 

Each union strives to actively improve the conditions for all in their community. Programs are available to assist and train community service committees. Programming can be developed for individual unions or coordination of labor coalitions can be established to address community needs. Projects currently organized as union community service projects include School S.U.P.P.L.I.E.S and Ramp-n-Roll. These union partnerships are facilitated by the AFL-CIO Labor Activities Director and will engage the union community through the education and coordination of community service projects