Solidarity Center

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.

Solidarity Center Guild Unit Ratifies Three-Year Contract

The widely scattered Guild unit at the Solidarity Center has ratified a collective bargaining agreement to succeed the contract that expired Sept. 25. The new contract features a 1 percent signing bonus, and annual wage increases of 1.5 percent the first year, 1.75 percent in the second year, and 2 percent in the third year. […]

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Tentative Three-Year Agreement Reached at Solidarity Center

Guild bargainers on Sept. 30 wrapped up talks with Solidarity Center management and later announced that a tentative agreement had been reached on a three-year contract to succeed the deal that expired Sept. 25. “The SC and Guild will work on finalizing the new CBA language,” Solidarity Center Unit Chair Rob Pajkovski said in an […]

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Solidarity Center Bargainers Expect to Wrap Up Talks Sept. 30

The two-dozen member Guild unit at the Solidarity Center has finished its second day of negotiations over a successor collective bargaining agreement to the three-year deal that expired Sept. 25. “Overall, the negotiations are going pretty smoothly,” said Solidarity Center Unit Chair Rob Pajkovski. “We settled most of our non-economic proposals.” Pajkovski said that the […]

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Solidarity Center WBNG Unit Begins Talks Over New Agreement

The two-dozen member Guild unit at the Solidarity Center began negotiations over a successor collective bargaining agreement to the three-year deal that expired Sept. 25. Solidarity Center Unit Chair Rob Pajkovski said on the eve of talks that a management negotiator had indicated that a new contract could be reached by the end of the […]

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Unit Facts - At a Glance

Unit Leadership Chair: Robert Pajkovski

Vice Chair: Jana Silverman

Unit Address
888 16th Street, NW, #400
Washington, DC 20006
Local Staff Representative Cet Parks Contracts & Documents Contract September 26, 2016 - September 25, 2019