In Iowa, AFSCME Iowa Council 61 represents 40,000 public employees including law enforcement and correctional officers, firefighters, mental health workers, professional school staff, emergency responders, and many other workers. AFSCME Iowa Council 61 also represents home health care and child care providers across the state and private sector workers at Prairie Meadows, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Des Moines University, and ABM (Marshalltown).

CWJ was founded in 2012 by a coalition of religious, community, labor and immigrant organizations, and is affiliated nationally with the Interfaith Worker Justice network. CWJ members are currently organizing around the following priority issues:

  • Just workplaces: defending workers’ rights to proper payment and safe work
  • Decent & affordable housing: protecting and improving housing options for low-income residents
  • Civil rights: confronting discrimination and ensuring equal access to community services for all residents

The Center for Worker Justice unites low-wage workers in Eastern Iowa across race and immigration status to achieve social and economic justice through education, organizing, direct services and community alliances. The Center for Worker Justice seeks to improve Eastern Iowa communities by coordinating projects to address injustices in areas such as: workplace conditions, civil rights, access to education, and the need for affordable housing.

This Federation was established as an expression of the hopes and aspirations of the working people of the State of Iowa. We seek the fulfillment of these hopes and aspirations through democratic processes within the framework of our constitutional government and consistent with our institutions and traditions. At the collective bargaining table, in the community, in the exercise of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, we shall responsibly serve the rights of all the American people.

Iowa Coalition for Retirement Security

The mission of the Iowa Coalition for Retirement Security is simple: Bring Iowans together to advocate for the retirement security working people deserve. With 45% of American households with no retirement savings, retirement security is in crisis. Hard-working Iowans deserve better. Together, we will hold accountable those who will make the retirement crisis worse – by standing up and advocating for retirement policies that will help working families. Clicking “Sign Up” at the top of this page will keep you up to date on the latest retirement issues facing Iowans and ways you can get involved.

Iowa State Education Association (ISEA)

The Iowa State Education Association promotes quality public education by placing our students at the center of everything we do while advocating for education professionals.”– ISEA Mission Statement.  We represent classroom teachers and other licensed professional staff, school support staff workers, retired teachers, area education agency employees, community college faculty, and future teachers. We are an integral part of the 3 million-member National Education Association. We work together to make sure that Iowa’s 500,000 public school students get nothing short of the best education possible.

Service Employees International Union. We are the Service Employees International Union, an organization of 2-million members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide and dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society.

Working Iowans have been losing the battle. Now there’s a strong network of fighters committed to standing with you as we take back our communities and state. TeamCAN is the social justice arm of Teamsters Local 238 in Iowa.  We are a 501c3 nonprofit, not a traditional labor union. We are focused on organizing in our communities to fight for Iowa’s working families in our neighborhoods and in our streets. TeamCAN offers the power of organizing to those without access to traditional unions in their workplace. TeamCAN has been created to provide networking, infrastructure, training, and resources to projects at the grassroots level to build local power for Iowans within the TeamCAN network.