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AFL-CIO news and analysis from The Nation

  • January 29, 2010

    AFL-CIO Letter Details Role In, Position On Citizens United Case

    My January 24 column on the role of the AFL-CIO in the Citizens United v. FEC case highlighted the concerns of some unions regarding the federation's decision to file an amicus brief in support of Citizens United in its case against the Federal Elections Commission. The piece stirred a tremendous response and a great discussion about the Supreme Court's removal of limits on corporate campaign spending. In preparing the piece and since its publication, I've heard from heads of national unions that are affiliated with the AFL as well as leaders of state and regional labor federations and lots of individual union members. Today, I'll highlight a very critical response from a top lawyer for the AFL-CIO.

    John Nichols

  • September 30, 2009

    AFL-CIO: Young Workers Unite!

    The AFL-CIO's recent rally on Wall Street was about more than economic inequality, it was part of an ongoing campaign to attract new young members.

    The Nation

  • May 1, 2003

    Labor’s Cold War

    Freshly unearthed documents may force the AFL-CIO to face up to past betrayals.

    Tim Shorrock

  • December 4, 2001

    AFL-CIO Opens its Convention: Back to the Barricades

    The AFL-CIO is fighting two wars: standing with President Bush in the war on terror, and against him in his war against workers.

    Marc Cooper

  • March 2, 2000

    AFL-CIO Goes Global

    Seattle changed many things, and one of them is American labor. Nothing lifts the spirit or one's vision like winning.

    William Greider