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A labor union is an organization of workers formed for the purpose of advancing the individual and collective rights of its members with respect to wages, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment. Almost all national and international unions have central legal departments that provide overall legal direction and advice for union leadership and local constituents.

Union-side labor law firms supplement the work of union in-house counsel at the local, national, and international levels. There are over 2,100 union-side lawyers in more than 500 firms and union legal departments around the country affiliated with the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee.