- The organizational structure of the AFL-CIO
insures the preservation of the democratic process within the Federation.
- Broad, general policies are established
at biennial conventions at which each affiliate is represented in proportion
- membership, the base upon which the entire
structure is built.
- The convention, which is the supreme
governing body of the organization, also elects the AFL-CIO president,
- secretary-treasurer and 33 vice presidents.
These officers make up the AFL-CIO Executive Council, which governs
- Federation affairs between conventions,
supplements convention policies and keeps them up to date.
- There is also a General Board, made up
of the Executive Council plus a chief executive officer of each affiliated
union and each
- constitutional department. If a union's
chief officer is an Executive Council member, another ranking officer serves.
- Board meets to discuss matters referred
to it by the officers and the Executive Council. For example, it traditionally
- the body that acts on recommendations
to endorse candidates for president and vice president in presidential
- The same concept of a union of unions
that links the 90 national and international unions in the AFL-CIO also
is expressed in
- 51 state and 625 local AFL-CIO central
bodies. Through these labor centers, the more than 45,000 local unions
- AFL-CIO affiliates carry on legislative,
political and community service activities in their own areas.
- The AFL-CIO also has nine constitutional
departments, which are trade and industrial groupings for unions with strong
- common interests. They are the Building
& Construction Trades, Maritime Trades, Metal Trades, Industrial Union,
- Label & Service Trades, Public Employee,
Food & Allied Service Trades, Transportation trades and Professional
- These departments have their own executive
bodies, hold their own conventions and manage and finance their own affairs
- within the framework of the AFL-CIO Constitution.
- They, too, function on state and local
levels through more than 600 local department councils. They have representation
- AFL-CIO conventions and on the General
Board, and through their delegates, help to shape AFL-CIO policy in their
- specialized areas.
- The AFL-CIO's operations are financed
chiefly through regular dues, known as per capita taxes. These are paid
by affiliates on
- behalf of each member. The current per
capita tax for national and international unions is 35 cents per member
- Thus, each member of an affiliated union
contributes $4.20 a year to support the AFL-CIO. A detailed accounting
- AFL-CIO's finances covering income and
expenditures is presented to each biennial convention of the Federation.
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