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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The merger also is endorsed by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and the Communications Workers of America.
Some labor experts caution that Sweeney's success at reawakening the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, an umbrella group that has 13 million members, was child's play compared with the task of recruiting millions more workers to unions.
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