Fletcher, Bill, Verfasser and Gapasin, Fernando, Verfasser
AFL-CIO, Labor movement -- United States -- History, AFL-CIO, Labor movement -- United States -- History, Gerechtigkeit, Gewerkschaft, Geschichte, Gewerkschaft, Politik, Geschichte, Labor movement -- History -- United States, Arbeiterbewegung, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, AFL-CIO, and AFL-CIO
Includes bibliographical references and index The challenges facing the U.S. labor movement -- Dukin' it out: different approaches to building the labor movement -- The new deal -- The cold war on labor -- The civil rights movements, the left, and labor -- The revolution will not be televised -- Whose welfare matters, anyway? -- What's left for us? -- Organizing to organize the unorganized -- Sweeney's grand gesture -- 1995 and the Sweeney coalition -- The new voice coalition takes office -- Quandaries at the level of strategy -- The biggest strategic challenge : globalization -- Could'a, would'a, should'a : central labor councils and missed opportunities in Los Angeles -- The Charleston 5. Charting a path not taken -- International affairs, globalization, and 9/11 -- When silence isn't golden -- Restlessness in the ranks -- Change to win : a return to gompers? -- Anger, compromise, and the paralysis of the Sweeney coalition -- Left behind -- The way forward : social justice unionism -- The need for social justice unionism
Gewerkschaft, Geschichte, Geschichte, Weltkrieg (1939-1945), Labor policy -- 20th century -- United States, World War, 1939-1945 -- United States, Gewerkschaft, Arbeitspolitik, Weltkrieg, American Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO -- History -- 20th century, CIO -- History -- 20th century, and AFL-CIO
Includes bibliographical references and index One of the oldest, strongest, and largest labor organizations in the U.S., the American Federation of Labor (AFL) had 4 million members in over 20,000 union locals during World War II. The AFL played a key role in wartime production and was a major actor in the contentious relationship between the state, organized labor, and the working class in the 1940s. The war years are pivotal in the history of American labor, but books on the AFL's experiences are scant, with far more on the radical Congress of Industrial Unions (CIO). Andrew E. Kersten closes this gap with Labor's home front, challenging us to reconsider the AFL and its influence on twentieth-century history. Kersten details the union's contributions to wartime labor relations, its opposition to the open shop movement, divided support for fair employment and equity for women and African American workers, its constant battles with the CIO, and its significant efforts to reshape American society, economics, and politics after the war. Throughout, Kersten frames his narrative with an original, central theme: that despite its conservative nature, the AFL was dramatically transformed during World War II, becoming a more powerful progressive force that pushed for liberal change.