How to Form a Civil Rights Committee at Your Local Union

The mission of the constitutionally mandated local union Civil and Human Rights Committee should be consistent with the goals and principles of the union to increase participation among the diverse membership of the local union. The committee is a tool through which our civil and human rights policies and programs become action. The general goals of the committee are to:

WORK with the local union executive board, other committees and activists to eliminate and prevent discrimination in the workplace and the community.

BUILD an effective committee that communicates and provides invaluable service to and on behalf of the membership.

EDUCATE members on current civil and human rights and workers' rights issue, protections and laws.

STRENGTHEN the union and the labor movement through diversity by working with organizations and coalitions within the community that share our goals.


Below are some examples of work you can do within your Civil and Human Rights Committees: