The United Way of Wyoming Valley and the Local Labor Movement have had a long standing partnership, which was officially forged in 1948, with the creation of a Labor Participation Department within United Way of Wyoming Valley.
Through this partnership, United Way, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council (AFL-CIO), and other labor organizations work cooperatively in helping to address and meet a variety of human service needs. This partnership has flourished over the years, since both groups have similar missions and concerns "in helping to improve the quality of life of people."
The local labor movement has proudly joined in with other caring segments of the community to do its part in helping the United Way of Wyoming Valley in carrying out its mission. Acting as a responsible and concerned partner of one's community has evolved, in part, as a result of organized labor's history and basic principles of caring established through their AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations) Community Services Program.
While the United Way of Wyoming Valley and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council (AFL-CIO) and their affiliated unions have had a formal partnership since 1948, many of our local public school districts/teachers unions, represented by the NEA/PSEA (National Education Association/Pennsylvania State Education Association) have also been extremely supportive and involved in the local labor movement's overall support of United Way.
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