Our Labor Partnership

Three Union members

United Way and organized labor have been partnering since 1946.

We first came together right after World War II, as an innovative way to rebuild our nation. We looked different back then, but our shared passion for building a better world was evident from the start.

United Way (then Community Chests and Councils) and labor’s umbrella organizations (the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations) worked together to create a mechanism for payroll deduction. That resulted in labor representation on United Way boards, and evolved into collaborative fundraising and community development.

Since then, unions have been strong partners in the workplace campaign, encouraging union members to give and volunteer. 

Our Labor Liasion

Brad Diel is the AFL-CIO Labor Liasion for United Way of Champaign County. He is a member of Champaign Firefighters Local 1260.
You can reach Brad via email or by calling 217-352-5151.