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Change to Win Federation Records

Identifier: LR001936

Scope and Content

This collection reveals the early years of the federation, which is now a strategic organizing center, and includes materials from departing unions critiquing the administration of AFL-CIO for being overly concerned with its own internal politics and revenue-creation for its leaders' salaries instead of the health and rights of the union member workers. The Change to Win collection features letters and emails from AFL-CIO union members that reveal a variety of voices opposed to and in favor of the new merger of unions.


  • 1997-2008


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


Formed in 2005 as a federation of labor unions, Change to Win brought together seven labor unions that had formerly been part of AFL-CIO: SEIU, Teamsters, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE), Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE), United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC), Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA).


2 Linear Feet (2 SB)


This collection provides insight into the early years of the Change to Win Federation, an organization that formed in 2005 by bringing together seven labor unions that had formerly been part of AFL-CIO.


The collection is arranged into 2 series.

Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Series 1: Advocacy, 1992, 2003-2008 (Box 1-2), Series 2: Conventions, 2000-2005 (Box 1-2)


The Change to Win Federation Records were donated to the Walter P. Reuther Library by Mary Ann Collins in 2007 and 2008.

Related Materials

SEIU Executive Office, SEIU Historical Records, SEIU Photographs

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Kristin Harpster on April 12, 2021.
Guide to the Change to Win Federation Records
Processed by Kristin Harpster
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA