Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO

CONSTITUTION

PREAMBLE

The establishment of this unified state organization, subordinate to the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations, is an expression of the desire of the Labor Movement in Maryland and the District of Columbia to participate fully in the achievement of the objectives of the parent federation.

Together with the AFL-CIO we seek the fulfillment of these hopes and aspirations through democratic processes within the framework of our constitutional government and consistent with our institutions and traditions.

At the collective bargaining table, in the exercise of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, we shall responsibly serve the interest of all the American people.

We pledge ourselves to more effective organization of working men and women; to the securing to them of full recognition and enjoyment of the rights to which they are justly entitled; to the achievement of ever higher standards of living and working conditions; to the attainment of security for all people; to the enjoyment of the leisure which their skills make possible; and to the strengthening and extension of our way of life and the fundamental freedoms which are the basis of our democratic society.

We shall combat resolutely the forces which seek to undermine the democratic institutions of our nation and to enslave the human soul. We shall strive always to win the full respect for the dignity of human individuals whom our unions serve.

With Divine guidance, grateful for the fine traditions of our past, confident of meeting the challenge of the future, we proclaim this Constitution.

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