Situating the CLC

National unions organize workers and represent them in dealing with their employers. Local union can affiliate with other labor organizations. Most local unions in Maine are affiliated with the State AFL-CIO.

The State Fed's primary function is to represent the interests of local unions at the state legislature and to mobilize the locals in state elections. Once a year local leaders gather at the State Federation's Convention.

The CLC is the only place where local leaders of all unions meet and work together on a regular basis. That is, our reason for being is to provide a place where local union leaders and supporters can act and interact on a regular basis.

The above is taken from a report to the Southern Maine Labor Council April, 2006 by then Council President Peter Kellman