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#Media #Oligarchs #MegaBanks vs #Union #Occupy #BLM 41 Years Ago American Federation of Labor United With Congress of Industrial Organizations To Form AFL-CIO American Federation of Labor–Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), American federation of autonomous labour unions formed in 1955 by the merger of the AFL (founded 1886), which originally organized workers in craft…

Cover of American Federation of Labor organizing leaflet which explained to workers their right to organize into unions of their choice, guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act (Wagner Act) of 1935.

from Today in Labor History

June 11, 1969

June 11, 1969: Labor leader John L. Lewis dies. Born in Cleveland, IA, in 1880 to Welsh immigrant parents, Lewis went to work as a miner when he was a teenager. He worked as a mine workers’ organizer for the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and went on to serve the president of the United Mine Workers of America for 40 years. A firm believer in industrial unionism, Lewis formed the predecessor organization to what would become the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).


Samuel Gompers was the most prominent figure in the American Labor Movement. He was also the founder and first president of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). (Biography)

The merger of AFL and CIO. The Taft-Hartley Act and similar anti-union legislation of the late-1940s were designed to slow labor’s growth, but by 1955, the proportion of the workplace organized into unions nevertheless hit its historic high of over 30 percent. To build on labor’s forward momentum, the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged with the American Federation of Labor to create the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of organized labor in the US.


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