United Way and the labor movement go way back, a 75-year partnership that’s building stronger communities.

We first came together right after World War II, as an innovative way to rebuild our nation, our communities and our people. We looked different back then, but our shared passion for building a better world was evident from the start.

United Way (then Community Chests and Councils) and the AFL-CIO (then the United Nations Relief Committee of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the National Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) Committee for American and Allied War Relief first worked together to create a mechanism for payroll deduction. That resulted in labor representation on Community Chest boards, and evolved into collaborative fundraising and community development.

Marriages that last this long are rare, so it’s only fitting that United Way and the labor movement take a moment to honor our 75 years together. We first came together right after World War II, as an innovative way to rebuild our nation, our communities and our people. We looked different back then, but our shared passion for building a better world was evident from the start.

Currently, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County partners with 200+ labor unions throughout WNY with the common goal of making our community the best place to live for everyone.