American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

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The main US labour federation. The name results from the amalgamation in 1955 of two associations, the AFL representing mainly craft unions, and the CIO representing mainly industrial unions. The AFL-CIO operates mostly at the political level: wage and other industrial bargaining is carried out by its member unions. It is the US equivalent of the UK's Trades Union Congress (TUC).

Subjects: History — Social Sciences.

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