Since 2006, Worker Centers and the AFL-CIO have deepend their relationship to build power regionally and to expand organizing. They are innovating, building new models for collaboration and building worker power. Seizing upon strategic opportunities has led to fifteen worker centers and ten central labor councils affiliating on the local level. These collaborations have led to important local policy campaigns against wage theft, and strong solidarity support for worker organizing efforts to win a union or address exploitation in the workplace. This report provides an in depth assessment of the local affiliations taking place between Worker Centers, and Central Labor Federations and State Labor Federations. It provides an analysis of the different affiliation models, their strengths, opportunities for improvement and provides an analysis from which to develop a strategy for moving forward to strengthen and expand the partnerships.

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