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Iowa Federation of Labor

This Federation was established as an expression of the hopes and aspirations of the working people of the State of Iowa.

We seek the fulfillment of these hopes and aspirations through democratic processes within the framework of our constitutional government and consistent with our institutions and traditions.

At the collective bargaining table, in the community, in the exercise of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, we shall responsibly serve the rights of all the American people.

We pledge ourselves to the more effective organization of working men and women; to the securing to them of full recognition and enjoyment of the rights to which they are justly entitled; to the achievement of ever higher standards of living and working conditions; to the attainment of security for all the people; to the enjoyment of the leisure which their skills make possible; and to the strengthening and extension of our way of life and the fundamental freedoms which are the basis of our democratic society.

We shall combat resolutely the forces which seek to undermine the democratic institutions of our State and Nation and enslave the human soul. We shall strive always to win full respect for the dignity of the human individual whom our Unions serve.

Mission Statement

The Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is the state federation of labor representing over 42,000 members of 280 unions throughout Iowa.

The mission of the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation. To accomplish this mission, we work to:

  • Build a broad movement of Iowa workers by helping workers join and form unions.
  • Support Iowa workers as they bargain with employers to improve their living conditions and workplaces, as well as their communities, state and nation.
  • Strengthen the voice of Iowa working families at all levels of government and in a changing global economy.

The Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is a key part of the nation's largest and strongest labor federation—the AFL-CIO, which unites 10.5 million working women and men of every race and ethnicity and from every walk of life.


Charlie Wishman; President
Peter Hird; Secretary-Treasurer