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The Unfulfilled Sweeney Legacy

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On February 22, 2021
Rich Yeselson has a really powerful essay on what it was like to be on the front lines of the labor movement when John Sweeney won his upset victory to become AFL-CIO president and the world seemed the oyster of a revived labor movement. Although Sweeney did what he could, it, uh, did not end […]

John Sweeney, RIP

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On February 2, 2021

John Sweeney, who ran an upstart campaign in 1995 to take over the AFL-CIO presidency and revive the labor movement, has died. Sweeney in the end was never the transformative figure some had hoped. Bu

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When Your Union is Fascist

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On July 2, 2020
I maintain all the points I’ve made about the complexity of how to respond to police unions in the wake of trying to tame the racist violence endemic in American policing. But it doesn’t help when the police unions are openly fascist and attack the AFL-CIO for not being fascist enough. Hamilton Nolan reports: In […]
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A Divided Labor Movement

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On December 20, 2018
The labor movement is deeply divided. You’d like to think that every labor union would be behind a larger progressive effort to create social and economic democracy. But you would be wrong. Between the building trades cozying up to Trump and especially the Laborers, whose president Terry O’Sullivan openly advocates for projects that will burn […]
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On October 23, 1995, John Sweeney won the election to become president of the AFL-CIO. This ground shifting event began the process of moving the federation away from its staid Cold War policies and unwillingness to organize workers and attempted to make it once again a fighting force for the nation’s working people. The success […]

Blast from the Past

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On May 11, 2017

Working on my next book today, I stumbled across this New York Times article from 1979 on the fresh new look Lane Kirkland was going to bring to the AFL-CIO. That turned out well! Four weeks ago, Kirk

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