For more than 60 years, UWSWA and Alabama AFL-CIO have partnered together to improve the quality of life in the community.

At the heart of the partnership is community service. Community service is the foundation of the labor movement. As unions have grown and matured, their efforts and commitment to help working families and improve community life has grown and matured right along with it.

UWSWA believes communities are strengthened by uniting and mobilizing resources in support of the building blocks for a better life: health, education, financial stability, and essentials. AFL-CIO members help further this vision by serving on nonprofit boards, collecting funds to provide vital services for the unemployed and underemployed, and coordinating educational programs to union members.

Each year, UWSWA awards two Labor awards in honor of two distinguished Labor workers: Red Leachman and W.O. Mozingo. Leachman was the first Labor Liaison for UWSWA while Mozingo is considered the father of the labor movement in Southwest Alabama and served on the UWSWA Board of Directors.

For more information about this partnership, please contact United Way’s Marketing Specialist & AFL-CIO Labor Engagement Liaison Leslie Schraeder at (251) 433-3624 or

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