Union federation AFL-CIO has signed a new partnership with United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), part of a drive to broaden the labour movement.

Founded in 1997, USAS is mainly focused on monitoring major apparel companies and the colleges with which they work to make sure workers in overseas factories are fairly treated.

“The labour movement shares USAS’s values and vision for global solidarity and social justice,” said AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka.

“Together, we are stronger and better positioned to meet the mutual goals and objectives of improving the lives of working people.”

The primary goals of the new partnership are to strengthen workers’ rights and build power for students and workers.

“It’s a pretty natural and obvious partnership,” said Lingran Kong, member of USAS’s co-ordinating committee.

“USAS works for justice causes, and the way we achieve those is putting student and worker power into practice.”