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Posted By John Perazzo On April 7, 2010 @ 12:10 pm In DTN Profiles | No Comments


The American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is the largest labor federation in America, consisting of 57 autonomous and international unions. For decades, under the leadership of George Meany [2] and Lane Kirkland [3], this entity was [4] a bastion of anti-communism. In fact, Meany invited Alexandre Solzhenitsyn to speak at AFL-CIO meetings and brought awareness of Soviet human rights abuses to U.S. audiences. Kirkland, for his part, used his power to funnel more than $6 million in aid to Polish workers — aid that was instrumental in Solidarity’s successful effort to end 50 years of Communist Party rule in Poland.

But after Lane Kirkland’s retirement in 1995, John Sweeney [5] became president of the AFL-CIO and was able to repeal an AFL-CIO rule prohibiting Communists from being leaders of its member unions. Abandoning the blue-color industrial unionism of the past, Sweeney, a member of Democratic Socialists of America [6], was instrumental in remaking labor into a movement of the Left.

To view the full AFL-CIO profile, click here. [7]

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[2] George Meany: http://www.aflcio.org/aboutus/history/history/meany.cfm

[3] Lane Kirkland: http://www.aflcio.org/aboutus/history/history/kirkland.cfm

[4] was: http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Anti-communism

[5] John Sweeney: http://frontpagemag.com/individualProfile.asp?indid=2009

[6] Democratic Socialists of America: http://frontpagemag.com/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6428

[7] To view the full AFL-CIO profile, click here.: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7507

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