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Atlanta CLC

501 Pulliam St., S.W., Suite 517
Atlanta, GA 30312



icon_membersAtlanta AFL-CIO represents 81,000 members from 49 different local unions.



icon_structureGeorgia’s Labor Councils screen and make endorsements of candidates running for Mayor, City Council, School Board, Judgeships, and other county and city offices. They also make recommendations for state senate and state representative endorsements to the Georgia State AFL-CIO. In conjunction with the State AFL-CIO, they organize and staff phone banks during elections to help educate their members on the issues and positions of the candidates.  They work to get endorsed candidates elected to office. Volunteers from the local unions in their areas perform most of their work.

CLC’s assist local unions in their jurisdiction with organizing, community services, civil rights issues, and work with charitable organizations. They lobby local politicians on issues of concern to workers in their jurisdiction.

Each Council-affiliated organization elects delegates to the Atlanta AFL-CIO as representatives of their union, giving their union’s members a voice within the Council. Every three years, the Council holds elections for officers, trustees, trade section representatives and constituency group representatives. These individuals make up the Executive Board, which meets twice monthly to consider requests from affiliates and other Council business. The unions that make up the individual sections appoint trade section representatives. The entire Council body nominates candidates and votes to fill the other positions. The president is the principal officer and full-time staff person of the Council.

Key Officers

Denise Mayes, President


Anthony McKinney, Assistant to the President

Louis Partain, Secretary-Treasurer
Janine Brown, Community Services Liaison


(see appendix for affiliated unions)


Sustainability Profile


Atlanta has had little to say about green jobs and the environment despite the fact that it was one of three cities initially selected to participate in Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge and was the home of the Spring 2012 Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference.  Atlanta was handpicked as a locale for the conference for being a city “where work is being done to make good, green jobs.” At the conference, the State of Georgia was congratulated for encouraging a green economy, yet the Atlanta CLC did not post information about the event on its website. According to the US Green Building Council, Georgia “has nearly 5,300 LEED credentialed professionals and ranks 9th in the country for total number of LEED commercial projects.“ Clearly there is a real opportunity for the CLC to promote its sustainable projects.

The BlueGreen Alliance even produced a factsheet about the many clean job Opportunities in Georgia, yet the Atlanta CLC made no apparent mention of the vast array of green job possibilities for its members. In addition to mentioning the Better Buildings Challenge, the factsheet highlights Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s efforts to develop a clean, green workforce. The two “held a press conference to highlight the impact that more than $6.2 million in national environmental workforce development would have on ‘five targeted low-income Atlanta neighborhoods.’”

The only environmental article revealed by an in-depth search of the Atlanta CLC’s website* (which may or may not be a repost from another site) discusses Representative Johnson’s  (of District 4, covering Atlanta) Resource Assessment of Rare Earths Act of 2011, included in the 25 “Make it in America” bills.  This act advises the United States Geological Survey to conduct a three-year, global mineral assessment of rare earth elements (REEs).  According to the article, REEs are critical to “high-tech clean-energy and defense manufacturing… [and] are strategic minerals used in the production of cutting-edge technologies such as wind turbines, advanced batteries, powerful magnets, and military radar systems.”

*The website is so outdated that the president hasn’t been updated since the election of Denise Mayes.



Appendix 1: Affiliated Unions


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