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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.
|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 and Canada
The primary goal of the ILO today is to promote opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. The mission of the ILO Office for the United States is to be a strong, visible, and proactive presence in the United States in order to effectively engage members of government, employers’ organizations, and workers’ groups and other international organizations in social dialogue and building partnerships for these purposes. The ILO established the office in Washington in 1920. It was one of the first four cities to have an ILO office along with Paris, London, and Rome. The ILO Office for the United States and Canadarepresents the ILO and ensures that its core priorities and interests, policies and experience are disseminated among key stakeholders.
|Embassy of Japan to the United States
The Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. is the diplomatic mission of Japan to the United States. Located in the Embassy Row neighborhood, the Embassy of Japan works to strengthen political and cultural exchange and understanding between the two countries. The Embassy’s support of and participation in DC LERA is one of the ways in which we work to elevate U.S.-Japan friendship and cooperation. For a look into the rich nature and traditional culture of Japan, please visit our online guide.
|Jobs with Justice
At Jobs With Justice, we are leading the fight for workers’ rights and an economy that benefits everyone. We are the only nonprofit of our kind leading strategic campaigns and shaping the public discourse on every front to build power for working people. Jobs With Justice is committed to working nationally and locally, on the ground and online. We win real change for workers by combining innovative communications strategies and solid research and policy advocacy with grassroots action and mobilization. Jobs With Justice believes that all workers should have collective bargaining rights, employment security and a decent standard of living within an economy that works for everyone. We bring together labor, community, student, and faith voices at the national and local levels to win improvements in people’s lives and shape the public discourse on workers’ rights and the economy.