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Labor Under Fire: History of the AFL-CIO since 1979

Timothy J. Minchin


From the Reagan years to the present, the labor movement has faced a profoundly hostile climate. As America’s largest labor federation, the AFL-CIO was forced to reckon with severe political and economic headwinds. Yet the AFL-CIO survived, consistently fighting for programs that benefited millions of Americans, including social security, unemployment insurance, the minimum wage, and universal health care. With a membership of more than 13 million, it was also able to launch the largest labor march in American history--1981’s Solidarity Day--and to play an important role in politics. In a hist ... More

Keywords: American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, AFL-CIO, organized labor, labor, John Sweeney, Lane Kirkland, labor unions, Richard Trumka, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469632988
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632988.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy J. Minchin, author
La Trobe University