South Dakota State Federation of Labor


AFL-CIO Acronyms Explained

Those Mysterious AFL-CIO Acronyms Explained
For starters, AFL-CIO stands for American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, two renowned labor organizations that merged at the national level in 1950’s.
Here are some others (unless the words
“International Union” are part of the acronym, they are omitted):
AEA -  Actors’ Equity Association
AFA -  Association of Flight Attendants
AFGE -  American Federation of Government
AFM -  American Federation of Musicians of the
United States and Canada
AFSCME -  American Federation of State, County
and Municipal Employees
AFT -  American Federation of Teachers (in Texas,
TFT - Texas Federation of Teachers)
AFTRA -  American Federation of Television and
Radio Artists
ALPA -  Air Line Pilots Association
APALA -  Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
APRI -  A. Philip Randolph Institute
APWU -  American Postal Workers Union
ATU -  Amalgamated Transit Union
AWIU -  International Association of Heat and Frost
Insulators and Asbestos Workers
BAC -  Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
BCTGM -  Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers
BLE -  Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers
BMWE -  Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way
CLUW - Coalition of Labor Union Women
COPE - Committee on Political Education
CWA - Communications Workers of America
FEIA - Flight Engineers’ International Association
GCIU - Graphic Communications International Union
GMP- Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied
HERE - Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees
IAFF - International Association of Fire Fighters
lAM -  International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers
IATSE - International Alliance of Theatrical State
Employees and Moving Picture Technicians, Artists
and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories
and Canada
IBB -  International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers
IBEW - International Brotherhood of Electrical
IBT -  International Brotherhood of Teamsters (also
known as just plain “Teamsters”)
ILA -  International Longshoremen’s Association
Iron Workers -  While not an acronym, this is short for International Association of Bridge, Structural,
Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers
IUE -  International Union of Electronic, Electrical,
Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers
IUEC -  International Union of Elevator Constructors
IUOE - International Union of Operating Engineers
IUPA -  International Union of Police Associations
LCLAA - Labor Council for Latin American
LIUNA -  Laborers’ International Union of North
NALC -  National Association of Letter Carriers
NATCA -  National Air Traffic Controllers Association
OPEIU -  Office and Professional Employees
International Union
PACE -  (A product of the merger between OCAW -Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers -  and UPIU United Paperworkers International Union)
SAG -  Screen Actors Guild
SEIU -  Service Employees International Union
SIU -  Seafarers International Union of North America
SMWIA -  Sheet Metal Workers International
TWU -  Transport Workers Union
UA -  United Association of Journeymen and
Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada
UAW -  United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America
UBC -  United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
UFCW -  United Food and Commercial Workers
UFW -  United Farm Workers of America
UMWA -  United Mine Workers of America
UNITE! -  Union of Needletrades, Industrial and
Textile Employees
USWA -  United Steel Workers of America
UTU -  United Transportation Union

South Dakota Affiliated Unions 

Aberdeen Central Labor Union
AFGE Local 901
AFGE Local 1509
AFGE Local 1539
AFGE Local 2228
AFGE Local 2342
AFGE Local 3035
AFGE Local 3365
AFGE Local 3807
AFGE Local 4040
AFSCME Council 59
AFSCME Local 169
AFSCME Local 519
AFSCME Local 1025
AFSCME Local 1031
AFSCME Local 1052
AFSCME Local 1743
AFSCME Local 2488
AFSCME Local 2561
AFSCME Local 3140
APWU Local 718
APWU Local 760
APWU Local 2787
APWU Local 7141
BAC Local 1
BAC Local 2
BAC Local 3
BAC Local 4
BAC Local 5
BMWE Local 908, IBT
CWA Local 7500
CWA Local 7505
Eastern SD Building & Trades
IAFF Local 814
IAFF Local S-17
IAM & AW District Lodge # 5
IAM & AW Local 862
IAM & AW Local 2357
IATSE Local 220
IATSE Local M-731
IBB Local 647
IBEW Council of SD
IBEW Systems Council U-26
IBEW Local 160
IBEW Local 231
IBEW Local 423
IBEW Local 426
IBEW Local 499
IBEW Local 690
IBEW Local 706
IBEW Local 754
IBEW Local 766
IBEW Local 949
IBEW Local 1250
IBEW Local 1616
IBEW Local 1688
IBEW Local 1959
ICWU Local 353C
Joint Dakota States Council
LIUNA Local 620
NALC Local 491
OPEIU Local 109
OPEIU Local 277
OE Local 49
PASS Local MK 3
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 33
Professional Fire Fighters of SD
Rapid City Central Labor Union
Rd Sprinkler Fitters Local 669
SMWIA Local 10
Sioux Falls Trades & Labor Assembly
Sioux Falls Union Label Council
UA Local 300
UFCW Local 304A
UFCW Local 394
UFCW Region 6
USW Local 738
USW Local 11-1457
USWA Local 1060
USWA Local 8188
UTU Local 64
UTU Local 233
UTU Local 375
West River Building Trades

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