Convention Information


Each national or international union and organizing committee shall be entitled to the following number of delegates:

  • Up to 4,000 members, one delegate
  • More than 4,000 members, two delegates
  • More than 8,000 members, three delegate
  • More than 12,000 members, four delegates
  • More than 25,000 members, five delegates
  • More than 50,000 members, six delegates
  • More than 75,000 members, seven delegates
  • More than 125,000 members, eight delegates
  • More than 175,000 members, nine delegates, plus one additional delegate for each 75,000 members over 175,000

Each directly affiliated local union (Directly Affiliated Local Union (DALU); including direct local affiliates and directly affiliated National Education Association (NEA) locals) and each national trade and industrial department shall be entitled to one delegate. Each state, area or local labor body shall be entitled to one delegate. DALUs, with the approval of the AFL-CIO president, may combine with other such unions within a reasonable distance to elect a single delegate to represent such unions. Each delegate must be a member of a union affiliated with the national AFL-CIO or, in the case of a delegate representing a state, area or local labor body, a member of a union properly affiliated with the state, area or local labor body in accordance with the Solidarity Charter program established by the AFL-CIO Executive Council.

AFL-CIO 2017 Convention – Diversity & Inclusion Pre-Conference – 10/21/17

Each national or international union; organizing committee; DALU and state, area or local labor body and trade and industrial department shall be entitled to alternate delegates, who must meet the same eligibility requirements as delegates. Alternates shall be elected or otherwise designated, and their names must be submitted to the AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer by the same date as that of delegates. An alternate delegate has no voice, vote or standing at the convention unless and until the alternate replaces a delegate.

No organization shall be entitled to representation unless such organization has applied for and obtained a certificate of affiliation by May 13, 2022.

For the purpose of selecting delegates and for roll call votes, the number of members of each national and international union and organizing committee and, for the purposes of roll call votes, the number of members of each DALU shall be the average monthly number on which per capita is paid to the AFL-CIO for the 24-month period ending Feb. 28, 2022.

Delegates to a regular AFL-CIO convention shall be elected or otherwise designated by May 13, 2022, except in cases in which the convention of the affiliate meets after that date. The names of the delegates shall be forwarded to the AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer immediately after their selection and in no event later than May 23, 2022.

No affiliate who, as of the opening date of the convention, is in arrears to the AFL-CIO for per-capita tax or assessments for two months or more (that is, not paid through February 2022) shall be entitled to recognition or representation in the convention.

Information about housing, credentials, schedule and more is available below.

Registration will open April 15, 2022.


Each national or international union delegation shall generally reflect the racial and gender diversity of its membership.

Each union will be required to certify to the Credentials Committee that its delegation satisfies this requirement and indicate the basis for the certification. In addition, unions are strongly encouraged to include young workers and rising leaders in their delegations.

State, area and local labor bodies that send both a regular and an alternate delegate must ensure that at least one of their delegates is a woman or person of color.


Credentials information may be submitted online starting April 15, 2022.

Unless your organization will be selecting delegates at a convention of your organization that will be meeting during the 30 days prior to the convention, credentials information for delegates and alternates must be submitted online to the AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer and attested to by the president and secretary-treasurer on a form to be provided by the AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer no later than May 23, 2022. If your organization will be selecting your delegates at a convention within the 30 days prior to the AFL-CIO convention, please notify us by sending an email to [email protected]. Someone from our registration team will contact you to assist you with your registration process. Delegates will be required to show identification in order to register and obtain their delegate badges at the convention, or the organization may designate someone to register the entire group. Convention business will not convene until the Credentials Committee has examined and reported on the credentials of all delegates present at the opening of the convention.

You can read the Credentials Rules as adopted by the Credentials Committee here. 


Registration of guests—from unions, allies, global and community partners—will open April 15, 2022, and close June 3, 2022.


If your organization plans to hold a meeting and/or requires office space before, during or immediately after the AFL-CIO convention, please download the 29th Constitutional Convention Meeting Space Request Form, complete it and email it to [email protected] so that meeting space may be reserved for you.

Space is limited; however, we will do our best to accommodate all requests. Once your location is assigned, you will work directly with the venue on all arrangements.


We encourage affiliates to make their submissions as early as possible to facilitate full consideration.

All resolutions, constitutional amendments, appeals, petitions, reports and memorials to be considered by the convention must be received by the AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer no later than May 13, 2022, except in instances in which such proposals have been approved at a regular convention of a national or international union, state central body or national trade and industrial department held after that date or in which the matters appealed from have occurred after that date, in which case such proposals or appeals shall be received up to the day before the convention opens.

Please refer to the AFL-CIO Convention Resolution Style Guide when crafting your submissions. The submitting party should email each resolution, constitutional amendment, appeal, petition, report or memorial in Microsoft Word or Google Docs format via or, if that is not possible, send three copies by mail to Fred Redmond, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer at 815 Black Lives Matter Plaza NW, Washington, DC 20006.

All proposals submitted by a state labor body must first have been approved by that body at its previous convention or at a meeting of its executive board. All proposals submitted by an area or a local labor body must first have been approved by that body at a regularly constituted delegate meeting.

All resolutions, constitutional amendments, appeals, petitions, reports and memorials received after the times described above, including during the convention, shall be referred to the convention, which shall consider them only with unanimous consent.


We are requiring proof of up-to-date vaccinations, consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.

Per the Center for Disease Control guidelines, the AFL-CIO is requiring all participants to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to their arrival in Philadelphia.

Upload a Photo of your COVID-19 Vaccination Card now.

Masks will be required and extras are available for those who need them.

Any delegate, guest or employee participating in or supporting the AFL-CIO Convention must be in compliance with all safety protocols at all times.



  • All individuals will be required to verify vaccination status prior to entering the convention space. Without the verification of vaccination status, a registrant will not be able to participate in the convention and all convention-related activities.
  • The AFL-CIO has partnered with to verify vaccination status through its HealthCheck app. Upload a Photo of your COVID-19 Vaccination Card now.
  • If you are unable to electronically submit your vaccination status information via the app, an attendee will be required to verify vaccination status on site with the visual display of your vaccination card that matches your photo ID.


Any individuals experiencing symptoms, who have tested positive for COVID in the past 10 days or who are awaiting test results after a COVID-19 exposure will be prohibited from attending the convention and all convention-related activities.

  • Vaccination
  • Full vaccination is required for eligibility to participate in the convention. Boosters are strongly recommended.
  • If an attendee has an approved medical or religious vaccination exemption, the respective union or employing entity should contact Samantha Connolly, AFL-CIO human resources director, in advance regarding the verification procedure at [email protected].


  • Masks covering the nose and mouth are required to be appropriately worn at all times. We strongly encourage all participants to wear a KN95 mask or a NIOSH-certified N95 respirator that fits tightly on their face with a good seal.
  • The AFL-CIO will provide a disposable M95i (KN95-equivalent) mask for all participants who would like them.
  • Masks should only be lowered temporarily when eating or drinking and not removed for the duration of meal time.
  • Neck gaiters are not acceptable face coverings and will not be permitted.

Daily Health Assessments

  • Daily health assessments via the HealthCheck app above are required. Any symptom or potential exposure will prohibit attendance at the convention or any convention-related activities. Symptoms may include the following: fever, a new and unusual headache, sore throat, cough, congestion and/or unusual fatigue.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Rapid test kits (four total) will be provided, and all attendees are strongly encouraged to test each morning prior to participation in the convention or convention-related activities.
  • Attendees will be supplied with a list of local COVID-19 testing centers near the convention center.

Exposure Notification

  • All attendees are required to enable exposure notifications on their mobile phone under “Settings.” Instructions will be provided prior to the convention.
  • In the event an attendee tests positive for COVID-19 during the convention, the attendee should enter that positive test result alert into the exposure notifications feature on their mobile phone.


  • Hand-sanitizing stations and hand sanitizers will be located throughout the public concourse at the convention center and in all contracted meeting spaces and communal areas.


  • The AFL-CIO has contracted protective security services for the duration of the convention. 
  • Additionally, Philadelphia police officers will staff entry doors of the convention center where there are metal detectors. Every attendee will be required to walk through a metal detector upon entry to the convention center. Additional scans may be required if the walk-through detector activates an alert.
  • In the unlikely event a convention participant requires medical attention, please call the PCC Command Station at 215-418-4911. From a cell phone or convention center house phone, dial 4911.



COVID-19 test locations, urgent clinics, and pharmacies close to the 2022 AFL-CIO Convention.

More information can be found here.


Please provide notification no later than May 15, 2022, if you would like accommodations to assist your participation in the convention, such as wheelchair access, enhancement of audio or visual presentations or written materials, or other needs.

Please explain the nature and extent of your needs so that reasonable accommodations can be made. This information, together with your name, email address and phone number, should be emailed to [email protected].

Plan your Trip

Lodging and transportation for the AFL-CIO Convention June 12 - 15, 2022.