The Solidarity Center was launched by the AFL-CIO in 1997 as the American Center for International Labor Solidarity. Working with unions and community groups worldwide, the nonprofit organization assists workers around the world who are struggling to build democratic and independent trade unions.
In response to partner requests, the Solidarity Center provides a wide range of education, training, research, legal support, organizing assistance, and other resources. The Center’s education programs feature training in basic human and worker rights, union skills, advocacy, occupational safety and health, economic literacy, and civic and voter education.
In addition to the AFL-CIO, the Solidarity Center receives funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Endowment for Democracy, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Labor, private foundations, and national and international labor organizations.
The Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild has been representing workers at the Solidarity Center since 2002. The Guild contract protects the pay, benefits and working conditions of approximately two dozen employees, many of whom are based outside the United States.