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American Federation of Government Employees  Born in the depths of the Great Depression, AFGE formed in 1932 at one of the most uncertain periods in our nation’s history. Elected officials had crippled the civil service, wage cuts and furloughs were on the rise, and promotions and leave privileges were hard to come by. Back then, federal employees lacked many of the basic rights they enjoy today; like health insurance, overtime pay, and weekends without work.
BlueCross BlueShield Association – National Labor Office   The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 37 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® companies.  The Association owns and manages the Blue Cross and Blue Shield trademarks and names in more than 170 countries and territories around the world.  The Association grants licenses to independent companies to use the trademarks and names in exclusive geographic areas.
Economic Policy Institute  The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank created in 1986 to include the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions. EPI believes every working person deserves a good job with fair pay, affordable health care, and retirement security.  To achieve this goal, EPI conducts research and analysis on the economic status of working America.  EPI proposes public policies that protect and improve the economic conditions of low- and middle-income workers and assesses policies with respect to how they affect those workers.
The Embassy of France in theUnited States – The members and leadership of DC LERA are honored by the sponsorship of the Embassy of France and the participation of its Counselor for Labor, Health and Social Welfare as a full member of our Board of Governors. Her office is one of more than a dozen departments responsible for conducting the affairs of the Embassy in the U.S. For a fascinating view of the culture, history, and famous regions of France, take a look at the Embassy’s online France Guide.
FLRA Established in 1978, the Federal Labor Relations Authority is an independent federal agency that administers the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute which is premised on the Congressional finding that “labor organizations and collective bargaining in the civil service are in the public interest.” The FLRA has jurisdiction over about 2.1 million non-postal Federal employees worldwide, including civilians in the armed forces. The FLRA is also charged with providing leadership in establishing policies and guidance related to federal sector labor-management relations and with resolving disputes under, and ensuring compliance with, the Federal Statute.
Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service  The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, created in 1947, is an independent agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with two regional offices and more than 70 field offices, the agency provides mediation and conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities.
Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor  Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor develops creative strategies and innovative public policy to improve workers’ lives in a changing economy. The Initiative draws on Georgetown’s distinctive identity – its commitment to intellectual excellence, grounding in the Catholic and Jesuit traditions, history of inter-religious cooperation, global reach, and prominence as an arena of policy debate in the nation’s capital – to advance prosperity, broadly-shared economic justice, and respect for the dignity of labor.
Ironworkers/IMPACT  IMPACT is a labor management partnership designed to provide a forum for union Ironworkers and signatory contractors to address mutual concerns and encourage reasonable balanced solutions. The IMPACT Regional Advisory Boards extend this approach, creating a national labor-management network, which promotes discussion of issues affecting the industry as a whole and enables the creation of effective strategies for resolving concerns to create opportunities for the union ironworking industry. Our primary mission is to expand job opportunities through progressive and innovative labor management cooperative programs.
International Brotherhood of Teamsters  Founded in 1903, the Teamsters mission is to organize and educate workers towards a higher standard of living. There are currently 1.4 million members under 21 Industrial Divisions that include virtually every occupation imaginable, both professional and non professional, private sector and public sector.
International Labor Organization Office for the United States