Activists have launched a campaign to make the foreign policy of the AFL-CIO match the needs of union members. Frank Emspak has the story.
SCRIPT: For years the AFL-CIO has used membership dues to engage in foreign activities. In theory these activities were in support of international labor solidarity. However, many observers noted that the AFL-CIO was implicated with CIA efforts to support right anti-labor regimes.
The issue of who the AFL-CIO supports and how they do it will again be a topic at the upcoming AFL-CIO convention June 12th to 15th in Philadelphia.
Earlier this Spring Labor activists from across the country, announced the creation of the Labor Education Project on the AFL-CIO International Operations .
This is the first project to focus on AFL-CIO operations around the globe since efforts to pass the “Build Unity and Trust Among Workers World-wide” resolution at the AFL-CIO’s 2005 National Convention in Chicago
The organization was formed to challenge AFL-CIO support for sanctions against Venezuela among other countries and to build meaningful support for the strong independent auto workers unions at Ford and GM in Mexico.
I am Frank Emspak for Madison Labor radio
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