What organizations are part of local workforce systems?

Unions and Worker-Focused Advocacy Organizations

Unions and other worker-focused advocacy organizations seek to change employer practices, working conditions, and workforce policies, especially those affecting low-income and disadvantaged workers.

  • Labor unions represent the interests of workers through collective bargaining with employers. Unions often participate in local workforce collaborative partnerships and provide guidance and training for workers.
  • Worker-focused advocacy organizations represent workers in a specific occupation or industry sector. They set occupational standards or practices and advocate on their members’ behalf but, unlike unions, do not engage in collective bargaining with employers.
  • Other types of advocacy organizations include those that work to change specific policies, such as the local minimum wage rate, day worker protections, and stable work schedules.