Labor Partners

United Way and the labor unions go way back. We’ve partnered together for 80 years to strengthen our community.

Together, we are transforming lives in our community by uniting to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in south central Kansas. Every year, union members contribute time, skills and money to improve the lives of our neighbors. Together, we are an unstoppable force for good.

The IAM & AW District Lodge #70 field was transformed into a sea of 600 U.S. flags for United Way’s Flags of Freedom event honoring veterans for Memorial Day. Special thanks to IAM & AW District Lodge #70 co-hosting this initiative. 


  • Organized labor is part of the decision-making process at United Way of the Plains, with AFL-CIO representatives serving on the Board of Directors.
  • Union members serve along with other individuals as grant review volunteers to review agency programs and decide funding.
  • A full-time AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison serves as a link between Wichita – Hutchinson Labor Federation of South Central Kansas and United Way of the Plains.
  • Unions endorse United Way of the Plains’ annual fundraising campaign and encourage workers to contribute through payroll deduction. The Aldrich-Brown Labor Leadership Giving Society recognizes the generosity of labor members and their families.


Download our Quarterly Impact Statement to see how organized labor is partnering with your United Way to make a difference.


AFL CIO Community Services and United Way partnership.
  • American Postal Workers Union: Local #735
  • Communication Workers of America: Local #6402
  • Fraternal Order of Police: Lodge #5
  • Graphic Communications Conference / International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees: Local #190
  • International Association of Fire Fighters: Local #135
  • International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers: District Lodge #70, District #70 Retirees, Local Lodges – #639, #774, #839, #1989, #2799
  • International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: Local #271, #304, #661, #1523
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union: Local #795
  • International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers: Local #15 MO/KS
  • International Union of Elevator Constructors: Local #12
  • International Union of Operating Engineers: Local #101, #119
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
  • Kansas Association of Public Employees – American Federation of Teachers-Kansas
  • Kansas Organization of State Employees
  • Laborers International Union of North America: Local #1290
  • National Association of Letter Carriers: Branch #201
  • Office and Professional Employees International Union: Local #277
  • Service Employees International Union: Local #513
  • Sheet Metal Workers: Local Union #29
  • Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace/IFPTE: Local #2001
  • United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters: Local Union #441
  • United Association Local 669 Road Sprinkler Fitters
  • United Food & Commercial Workers District Union: Local #2
  • United Steel Workers of America: Local #13417
  • United Teachers of Wichita
  • Wichita/Hutchinson Labor Federation of Central Kansas, AFL-CIO


Contact your United Way Labor Liaison:

Mario Cervantes

AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison
(316) 267‑1321