With the US presidential election looming and the rise of populist movements, a growing number of workers across the globe are choosing to back trade unions.
While many workers may not support unions as a whole, a large majority of them are united behind a union, the trade union that represents them.
Here’s what you need to know about the major unions across the world.
The AFL-CIO The AFL is one of the largest unions in the US.
It is the largest federation of professional, business, and student workers, with more than 20 million members worldwide.
The federation’s mission is to “encourage the growth of a unified, inclusive, and accountable global working class.”
According to its website, the AFL-Coastal Council on Local Organizing is a “community-based network of unions representing millions of workers, students, and their families across the United States and the world.”
In 2016, the organization was instrumental in getting the AFL to endorse the TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement between the US, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United Kingdom.
The US was a key negotiating partner in the deal.
CIO International The CIO is the International Union of Painters, Allied Trades, and Allied Crafts, a global trade union umbrella group.
Its members are mostly non-union workers who make a living in the construction industry, such as carpenters, plumbers, and electrical workers.
The union’s mission statement says: “The CIO seeks to provide a strong union voice in the workplace, as well as an ethical and democratic workplace.
We promote workers’ rights to a living wage, to health and safety, to respect for privacy, to the right to collective bargaining, and to fair working conditions.
We work with union federations, community organizations, and non-profit organizations to support and build an international working class movement for social justice.”
The Cio is not the largest union in the world, but it is the biggest one in the United Sates.
It represents about 14 million members across the US and Canada.
Unite Here, the union for construction workers, represents about 4.5 million construction workers in the UK.
Its membership is estimated at about 6 million workers, including about 3 million union members.
Unisex union has a membership of about 11 million workers in Britain.
SEIU This union represents workers in hospitality and retail, including workers in restaurants, bars, hotels, and other hospitality-related businesses.
It has 1.4 million members in the U.S. It’s estimated to represent about 3.5 percent of all US workers.
AFSCME This union for service and repair workers represents approximately 1.3 million workers across North America, the Caribbean, and South America.
It also represents more than 300,000 in Canada.
US Auto Workers Union (USATU) This union representing about 100,000 employees is the most powerful union in America.
In 2016 it had over 6 million members, making it the largest labor union in American history.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) This is the country’s largest union representing workers in almost every sector of the U,S.
In addition to being the largest U.