The National Labor Relations Act guarantees workers the right to organize and bargain with their employers as a group. New York City has an abundance of unions that represent the many trades and occupations that keep the city running.
District Council 9 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades represents more than painters and paintmakers. The union also includes decorators, drywall finishers, metal polishers, metal polishers, lead abatement workers, glaziers and architectural metal glassworkers. District Council 9 aims to improve wages, working conditions and benefits for members and others.
The United Federation of Teachers represents school employees in New York City, including, teachers, guidance counselors, nurses, secretaries, psychologists and education evaluators. The union supports efforts to raise academic standards, create safer schools, reduce class size, increase parent involvement in their children's education and improve facilities.
The New York City District Council of Carpenters represents New York's carpenters, floor coverers, cabinet makers, dock builders and industrial workers. The District Council, like its other union counterparts, aims to ensure fair wages and fair and safe workplaces for its members.
District Council 37 is New York City's largest union of public employees. It represents workers who maintain the subways and parks as well as staff for hospitals, libraries and city colleges. District Council 37 is part of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.