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Labor Unions
  1. U.S. Labor Unions in the 1940s
  2. U.S. Unions in the Cold War
  3. Public worker unions in the United States
  4. Decline in Strike Activity in the US
  5. Union Membership Across the United States
  6. Right-to-Work Laws
  7. Types of Unions in the United States
  8. The AFL-CIO
  9. Labor Contracts in the United States
  10. Strikes in the United States
  11. What Happens During a Strike
  12. Long Strikes and Violence
  13. The 1964 Civil Rights Act
  14. Union Campaign Contributions and Political Influence
  15. Unions and Politics
  16. U.S. Unions in the 90s and Today
  17. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: George Meany
  18. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: John L. Lewis
  19. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: Walter Reuther
  20. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: A. Philip Randolph
  21. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: Jimmy Hoffa
  22. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: Caesar Chavez
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AFL-CIO: Merger!
Photo Courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division. Photo by John Z. Gelsavage.
The American Federation of Labor (AFL), a federation of industrial unions, was the largest labor organization in the United States from the time of its founding in 1880s until 1955. In 1955 the AFL merged with its rival, the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), a federation of craft unions, to form an even larger labor organization. Today the AFL-CIO represents 13 million men and women and includes 65 diverse national and international unions. The AFL-CIO’s mission is to "bring social and economic justice to our nation by enabling working people to have a voice on the job, in government, in a changing global economy and in their communities."
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