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AFL-CIO Community Service Program

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"A union member is first and foremost a member of their community.”

—former AFL-CIO President, George Meany

About the AFL-CIO Community Service Program

The Central NM Labor Council, AFL-CIO Community Service Program represents more than 55,000 members from 42 unions and community affiliates throughout the metro area.

Their mission is to improve the lives of working families, to bring economic justice to the workplace, and social justice to our states and nation.

The people who participate in the AFL-CIO Community Services Program are highly valued by UWCNM. Their dedication and perseverance makes a tremendous difference in our community.

AFL-CIO Community Service Program Projects

The AFL-CIO Community Service Program is a joint project of UWCNM and the Central NM Labor Council, AFL-CIO Community Service Program. Here are just a few examples of the work the union members do to support central New Mexico:

  • The letter carrier who is a member of the Association of Letter Carriers Local 504 who helps pick up and deliver over 150 thousand pounds of food to the Roadrunner Food Bank and Storehouse West as part of the largest single food drive in the nation.
  • The pipefitters and their apprentices, members of United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 412, who service furnaces for low income seniors free of charge. This year they served 110 homes.
  • The sheet metal worker apprentices, members of Sheet Metal, Air, Railroad Transportation Local Union 49, who install HVAC systems into Habitat for Humanity homes.
  • The teacher with Albuquerque Teachers Federation Local 1420 who answers the phone each weekday night to assist students with their homework through the Dial-a-Teacher program. You can access this service by calling 505-344-3571 or statewide at 1-800-947-8839.
  • The firefighter, a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 244 who stands on the street corner “Filling the Boot” raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
  • The construction workers, members of the NM Building & Construction Trades Council, who raise money funding for diabetes research at the Diabetes Research Institute. 
  • The members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees who worked with the Office of Senior Affairs to clean up yards and help paint homes for low income seniors.

There are 50 different unions whose members help United Way of Central New Mexico reach our campaign goal each year.