Workforce Intermediary Partnerships

In its role as a national workforce intermediary, the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute advocates the formation of job-driven workforce intermediary organizations in which unions and employers share leadership responsibilities and workers have a voice in the design and delivery of work-based learning and training-related services. Many such workforce intermediary organizations exist across the country, as detailed in the publications in this section. Since the 1980s, the WAI has served as a catalyst for these organizations, encouraging and aiding new partnerships by providing networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities. The Institute has strived to be a trusted organizational resource for the partnerships and its constitution as an active, innovative learning network. As social science and policy research has shown, the workforce intermediary partnership model of services has made a substantial contribution to the capacity of workers to adjust to the demands of the contemporary workplace.


File Joint Labor-Management Training and Career Ladder Programs: Winning Solutions for Employers, Workers and Communities (in progress)

PDF icon Unions and Skills: Prepared by the American Federations of Teachers for the AFL-CIO (2010)

PDF icon Unions as Partners: Expanding the Role of Organized Labor in Workforce Development (2010)

PDF icon What Works in Workforce Development (2002)

PDF icon How High-Road Partnerships Work (2001)

PDF icon High Road Partnership Report: Innovations in Building Good Jobs and Strong Communities (2000)