Large crowd of women in union tshirts with fists raised.

Reproductive rights are labor's fight!

Materials from the Mobilization

Open letter to Elizabeth Shuler, President of the AFL-CIO, calling for emergency labor conference in support of reproductive justice.
Download and print PDF version.

Read and sign online form.

Signers to date.

Resolution template to ask unions and labor groups to sign letter to AFL-CIO

Ask your union's representative on the AFL-CIO Executive Council to raise the call to Liz Shuler and Council members

(Non-AFL-CIO locals are welcome to modify the letter to send to their own International unions urging them to work with the AFL-CIO on an emergency conference. If your union writes a separate letter, please send a copy to

Should the AFL-CIO Endorse the Right to Abortion? Heartland Labor Forum radio interview with Jordana Sardo and Tina Turner-Morfitt, Aug. 3, 2023. Visit Heartland Labor Forum on KKFI, Kansas City.

Printable half-sheet leaflet about the letter to AFL-CIO with QR code

To Washington State Labor Council Convention, July 2022

To AFSCME International Convention, July 2022

To Labor Notes conference, June 2022

Union statements on reproductive rights

AFL-CIO Affirms Right of Everyone to Make Their Own Health Care Decisions

American Federation of Teachers - Maryland

Communication Workers of America Women's Committee

International Longshore & Warehouse Union

ML King County Labor Council, WA

NY State Public Employees Federation

OPEIU International

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW

Teamsters Local 117

USW Toolkit for Protecting Access to Reproductive Health Care, January 2023

Carpenter women's banner at day of decision protest.

Resolutions passed

Resolution for Labor Conference on Reproproductive Justice, passed at OPEIU International Convention, June 2023

Oregon AFSCME COUNCIL 75: Continuing our Commitment to Gender Justice and Reproductive Health Care, April 2023

SEIU International Exec Board resolution on reproductive rights, October 4, 2022

IBEW 46 Resolution for Reproductive Justice and Trans Healthcare, September 14, 2022

Carpenters Local 30 Resolution Calling for Reproductive Justice and Abortion on Demand, August 2022

IBEW 520 Resolution to Austin Central Labor Council, July 2022

TX AFL-CIO Women's Committee Resolution to Austin Central Labor Council, July 2022

National AFSCME Convention (2022)

Oregon AFL-CIO Convention (2022)

American Federation of Teachers (2019)

Washington State Labor Council 2022

Washington State Labor Council 2019

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (2012)


"Reproductive justice is a labor issue," Oregon AFL-CIO president, NW Labor Press, May 18, 2022

"Labor must defend the rights of women",, May 18, 2022

Call to Action from SEIU 1021 VP for San Francisco, May 4, 2022

"WA State Labor Council: ‘Reproductive rights are workers’ rights,’" May 3, 2022

Statement by AFSCME, "Reproductive Justice is Economic Justice," December 11, 2021

AFSCME International signs on amicus brief in Mississippi case AFSCME Blog, September 23, 2021

“Labor unions support Roe Act to protect abortion access,” ACLU Massachusetts, October 28, 2020

“Clinic Workers Should be Central to the Fight for Abortion Rights” Jacobin Magazine, January 17, 2021

“Planned Parenthood's D.C. staffers unionize as abortion-rights groups address diversity issues” CBS News, September 10, 2020

Speeches and Videos

"Why Abortion Rights are Workers Rights" March 8, 2023. Speakers: Linda Gordon, Professor of History NYU. Sara Nelson, President of Association of Flight Attendents Union. Amadi Ozier, MARRCH. Laura Beutel, AFSCME Council 32. Sponsored by South Central Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, and promoted by MARRCH.

"Why Abortion Care Workers Are Unionizing After Roe v. Wade Was Overturned"

“Reproductive Justice: A Survival Issue for BIPOC, Labor and Oppressed People,” Martin Luther King Day Seattle workshop, January 12, 2022

Statement by Martese Chism, board member of National Nurses Organizing Committee

”The importance of reproductive justice to today’s labor movement,” flyer for Portland, OR event

2019 rally speech by a representative of the Washington State Labor Council on why abortion is a labor issue

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