Interested in unions and collective bargaining? We’re here to help.

60 million non-union workers in the U.S. say they would join a union if given the chance, but many don’t know where to begin. The Worker Organizing Resource and Knowledge (WORK) Center is a one-stop shop for information and resources on unions and collective bargaining for workers, employers, unions, government agencies, students and anyone interested in unions and collective bargaining.

Scroll down to learn how unions improve the lives of all workers, and how they support the Department of Labor's mission.

 

  • Welcome to the WORK Center

    Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh explains why the department is prioritizing empowering workers to organize.

  • Unions 101

    Unions 101

    What is a union, and how can you form one?

  • The Union Advantage

    The Union Advantage

    Learn how joining a union can improve pay and benefits, especially for women and people of color.

  • Hear From Workers

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    Hear from workers about how organizing improved their workplaces--and lives.

  • Unions in our Communities and Democracy

    Unions and democracy

    Find out how unions help keep our economy and democracy strong.

  • Labor-Management Partnerships

    Labor-Management Partnerships

    Learn more about how unions and employers have worked together to improve workplaces.

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4 Ways Unions Complement the Department of Labor's Mission

4 Ways Unions Complement the Department of Labor's Mission

Read more about the many ways in which unions complement the Department of Labor's mission to improve the lives of America's workers.

The Good Jobs Initiative

The Good Jobs Initiative

Learn how the Department of Labor is working with agencies, employers, and workers to promote good, high quality jobs.

The State of Our Unions - The White House

The State of Our Unions - The White House

Read the Labor Day message from the White House on the state of worker organizing.

Multilateral Partnership for Organizing, Worker Empowerment, and Rights (M-POWER) Initiative

Multilateral Partnership for Organizing, Worker Empowerment, and Rights (M-POWER) Initiative

The International Labor Affairs Bureau is teaming with other federal agencies to promote unions and freedom of association around the world.

Thank You, Unions

Thank You, Unions

Learn about the history of Labor Day and the many contributions unions have made to workers’ quality of life. 

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WATCH: Why #UnionsMatter

Throughout our history, unions have lifted workers' voices in their workplaces, communities and government. But union density has been declining for decades, with devastating consequences

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