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
Richard Yeselson has an excellent rundown on the good, the bad, and the ugly of the labor movement in the aftermath of what was a successful presidential election, if significantly less so downballot.
While I suppose we could say that the labor movement has been at a crossroads for a long time, right now, it very much is at a crossroads. That’s because AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka will no
Stephen Greenhouse has an excellent (and very fair) write-up of the behind the scenes battle to replace Richard Trumka as the head of the AFL-CIO. Trumka is not going to run for another term. In fact,
On September 19, 1981, the AFL-CIO held Solidarity Day in Washington, D.C. This event was organized labor’s strongest reaction to the Reagan administration and although largely forgotten about t
This is the grave of Lane Kirkland. Born in 1922 in Camden, South Carolina, Kirkland entered the Merchant Marine Academy in 1942 and served as a deck officer on merchant ships during the war. Upon its
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
With the overall attack on unions in the United States, the ability of the AFL-CIO to engage in international solidarity actions gets harder and harder, as does its ability to lead the way on working-