Why are there local and national unions?

National and local unions work hand in hand to ensure that workers voices are heard at every level of their government and community.

Local unions are typically focused on smaller worker groups, specific employers and local policy. Their level of involvement is determined by the needs of their members.

Local unions often seek membership or affiliation with national unions—larger organizations that focus on national policy and set guidelines for how local unions recruit, train and support their members. National unions mirror the local union goals of representing workers and defending their rights.

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