Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy
This Privacy Policy describes how the AFL-CIO collects, uses, and shares information with respect to your use of its website located at (the “Website”). Before you use or submit any information in connection with the Website, carefully review this Privacy Policy. By using the Website, you consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your information as outlined below. The terms “you” or “user” refer to all individuals and entities accessing the Website for any reason. The terms “us” or “we” refer to the AFL-CIO.

Information We Collect
Information You Provide To Us
We collect information about our users when users provide that information to us. Examples of such information collection include, for example, when you sign up to join our email list, when you sign up for an event, or when you take some sort of action through the Website. The kinds of information we may collect include your first and last name, your email address, your mailing address or zip code, your phone number, and any other information you choose to provide to us in connection with your use of the Website. Sometimes you provide the information to a trusted third party vendor on our behalf instead of directly to us, but that vendor uses your information only for the purpose for which it was provided.

Information that Is Passively or Automatically Collected
When you visit the Website, we may automatically receive and record information from your computer or mobile device. This information allows us to understand how people are navigating and using our Website, and how we can improve your experience based on the information we collect. The types of information we may collect include, by way of example only, your IP address, browser type, browser language, operating system, state or country from which you accessed the Website, software and hardware attributes (including device IDs), referring and exit pages and URLs, platform type, the number of clicks, files you download, pages viewed, the amount of time spent on particular pages, the date and time you used the Website, error logs and other similar information. From your IP address, we may be able to infer your general location (e.g., city and state or postal code).

We may use third-party analytics providers and technologies, such as web server logs, cookies and tracking pixels, to help us collect the data described above. We use the term “cookie” in the broad sense to include all similar techniques and technologies. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your computer or device when you visit a website that stores certain information about your website usage. For example, cookies enable us to recognize your computer; store your preferences and settings; enhance your user experience by delivering content specific to your interests; perform searches and analytics; and assist with security administrative functions.

We use cookies that are created by us, and we may allow some third parties to serve cookies as well. You can change your settings to notify you when a cookie is being set or updated, or to block cookies altogether. If you disable cookies, some functionality of the Website may be impaired.

How We Use Your Information
We may use the information we collect for the purposes for which you provided it, as well as:

To provide you access to the Website by recognizing and authenticating you on the Website.
To maintain and improve the Website, including:
To provide the features and services available through the Website;
To improve the content and features of the Website or to develop new services;
To administer and troubleshoot the Website.
To contact you, including:
To send you information about your relationship with us;
To contact you with information that we believe may be of interest to you;
To process and respond to your inquiries or to request your feedback.
For internal research and reporting.
To comply with laws and regulations for our legitimate interests or the legitimate interests of others.
We may also aggregate or de-identify information we collect from you so that it is no longer linked to you or your computer or device. We may, in our sole discretion, use such aggregated
and de-identified information for any purpose and may share such information with third parties.

Text (SMS) Messages
By providing your cell phone number, you opt in to receiving periodic short message service (SMS) messages (“text messages”) from us concerning subjects such as workers rights, pro-union legislation and action alerts. Some of these text messages may be autodialed. We anticipate text message frequency will average twice per month, but that frequency may change.

You can end the receipt of text messages at any time. Just text "STOP" to the short code. After you send the text message "STOP" to us, we will send you a text message to confirm that you have been unsubscribed. After this, you will no longer receive text messages from us. If you want to join again, just sign up as you did the first time and we will resume sending text messages to you.

If you are experiencing issues with the text messaging program you can reply with the keyword HELP for more assistance, or you can get help directly by contacting Note that carriers are not liable for delayed or undelivered messages.

As always, message and data rates may apply for any messages sent to you from us and to us from you. If you have any questions about your text plan or data plan, it is best to contact your wireless provider.

When We Disclose Your Information
We may disclose and/or share your information to or with third parties under the following circumstances:

With Consent. We may share your information with your consent.
With Collaborators. We may share your information with organizations with whom we collaborate.
Service Providers. We may provide access to or share your information with select third parties that perform services on our behalf. These providers use the information for the purpose it was shared. For example, we use a third party to send email and text messages to users who subscribe to those services.
With Third Party Providers of Services. We may share your information with third parties that provide services to our members. For example, if you apply for a scholarship through our Website, we may share your information with Union Plus who handles scholarships for union members and their families.
Protection of AFL-CIO and Others. The AFL-CIO may access, preserve, and disclose your information if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such access, preservation, or disclosure is permitted by this Privacy Policy or reasonably necessary or appropriate for any of the following reasons:
to comply with legal process;
to enforce this Policy, including investigation of potential violations thereof;
to respond to your requests for customer service; and/or
to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of the AFL-CIO, their agents and affiliates, users, and the public. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection, and spam/malware prevention, and similar purposes.
Aggregated Data. We may share aggregated and de-identified information.
Organizational Transfers. We may share your information if we acquire, merge or partner with other organizations. In such transactions (including in contemplation of such transactions, e.g., due diligence) user information may be among the transferred assets. If any of the AFL-CIO’s assets are sold or transferred to a third party, information collected through the Website would likely be one of the transferred business assets.
How We Protect Your Information
We have implemented administrative, technical, and physical security measures to protect against the loss, misuse, and/or alteration of your information. These safeguards vary based on the sensitivity of the information that we collect and store. However, we cannot and do not guarantee that these measures will prevent every unauthorized attempt to access, use, or disclose your information because, despite our efforts, no Internet and/or other electronic transmissions can be completely secure.

Legal Basis for Processing Personal Data
The laws in some jurisdictions require that website operators tell you about the legal grounds they rely on to use or disclose your information. To the extent those laws apply, our legal grounds for processing your information are as follows:

Where use of your information is necessary to perform our obligations to you;
Where use of your information is necessary for our legitimate interests or the legitimate interests of others (for example, to provide security for our Website; to provide the services we provide through our Website; to defend our legal rights; to analyze the use of our Website; to improve our services);
Where we have a reason to process the information in accordance with applicable law;
Where we have your consent to engage in a particular type of processing activity.
Online Analytics
We may use third-party web analytics services (such as those of Google Analytics) in connection with our Services to collect and analyze the information discussed above, and to engage in auditing, research or reporting. The information (including your IP address) collected by various analytics technologies described in the “Information that Is Passively or Automatically Collected” section will be disclosed to or collected directly by these service providers, who use the information to evaluate your use of the Website, including by noting the third party website from which you arrive, analyzing usage trends, assisting with fraud prevention, and providing certain features to you. Information about how Google uses information collected from sites that use its services is located here. To prevent Google Analytics from using your information for analytics, you may install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on by clicking here. If you receive an email from us, we may use certain analytics tools, such as clear GIFs, to capture data such as when you open our message or click on any links or banners our email contains. This data allows us to assess the effectiveness of our communications and marketing campaigns to help us grow.

Your Rights and Your Choices
Individuals in the European Economic Area and other jurisdictions have certain legal rights with respect to their information. They can request that we (i) provide access to and/or a copy of certain information that the AFL-CIO holds about them, (ii) update information that is incorrect, (iii) delete certain information that we hold about them, (iv) restrict the way we process and disclose certain information, and (v) revoke consent for the processing of their information. To exercise these rights, please use the Contact Us form with the nature of your request. We will consider all requests and will provide a response within the time period set by applicable law.

Our computer systems are based in the United States, and your information will be processed in the United States, which may not offer the same level of protection as the privacy laws of your jurisdiction.

Children's Privacy
The Website is not intended for children under the age of 13. If we become aware that we have collected information from children under the age of 13, we will take reasonable steps to delete it as soon as practicable.

Third-Party Links and Websites
The Website may contain links to third party websites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. The collection, use and disclosure of your information will be subject to the privacy policies of those third party websites, not this Privacy Policy. Therefore, we encourage our users to be aware when they leave our Website and to read the privacy policies of every site they visit that collects their information.

Notice Concerning Do-Not-Track Signals
Do Not Track (“DNT”) is a privacy preference that users can set in certain web browsers. We do not currently recognize or respond to browser-initiated DNT signals.

Being Removed from Our Lists
If you wish to stop receiving emails from us, please email or click the unsubscribe link in the footer of an email from us.

Links to Other Websites
Our websites may contain links to other sites. The AFL-CIO is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content on such sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our website and to read the privacy policies of each website that they visit that collects personally identifiable information. This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected through one of the AFL-CIO websites.

Revisions to Privacy Policy
We will continue to review this Privacy Policy as we update and expand the Website and our services, and we may make changes to the Policy accordingly. The date at the bottom of this page indicates the last time changes were made. You should check this page periodically for updates. If we make material changes to this Policy, we will provide you with notice as required by law. Your continued use of the Website will signify acceptance of the terms of the updated Privacy Policy.

Contact Us
If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, you can contact us by using the