American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

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American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

The largest umbrella organization for unions in the United States. It represents more than 11 million workers in the U.S. and Canada. While it has little direct control over member unions, it is a powerful political force for organized labor and carries a great deal of influence. It was established in 1955 as the result of a merger between the AFL and the CIO.
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Many unionists of color have criticized the AFL-CIO for paying lip service to diversity while simultaneously keeping these groups under-funded and incapable of building bigger and broader programs for their constituents.
In 1996 the AFL-CIO conducted a special $35 million campaign to unseat the Republican Congress elected in 1994.
The Hospital and Health Care Employees was formed when it split from Local 1 199 of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in 1984 and was chartered as an independent (separate) organization by the AFL-CIO at that time.
The AFL-CIO has responded with its "Voice at Work" program, which emphasizes community support for the right to organize.
In 1999, as efforts began internally to move a program of international solidarity and cooperation in the AFL-CIO, another major movement was gaining influence on the global stage.
We are delighted to have the four funds of the New York City Retirement Systems as participants," said Mike Arnold, senior executive vice president of the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust.
In 1988, the Mine Workers had approved a merger plan, but the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers rejected it; reportedly, one reason was because the Mine Workers was not then an AFL-CIO member.
Rick Santorum voted for fast track legislation, which means it took Congress out of the ball game," Bill George, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO president said.
The carpenters union broke away from the AFL-CIO in 2001.
John Sweeney and the AFL-CIO could learn a great deal from TDU if it weren't so busy responding to subpoenas, hiring criminal lawyers, issuing press releases, and invoking the Fifth Amendment--as AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Rich Trumka recently did--to minimize its legal exposure in the ongoing investigation of Teamster election violations.
8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO announced the unanimous endorsement of Democrat Heather Arnet for the Special Election for the 37[sup.