Shortly after the American Federation of Labor (AFL) was established in 1886, the Ohio Federation of Labor was born to collectively advance the interests of trade unionists and working families.
The Ohio AFL-CIO was formed in 1958 to battle a right-to-work campaign backed by Ohio Republicans and big businesses. Since that merger of the state’s craft and industrial unions, the Ohio AFL-CIO has been at the forefront of struggles for political power and economic and social justice for working families. Our strength derives from 600,000 union men and women who are affiliated with the Ohio AFL-CIO through 41 international unions and 1,500 local unions. Along with hundreds of thousands of union retirees and members of our community affiliate Working America, these are the individuals who provide the collective power of the Ohio AFL-CIO.
Here is a timeline of Ohio’s Labor History: