History of AFL-CIO conventions
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The AFL-CIO 1995 Convention
- Election Notes, Sweeny 2
- New Voice Campaign Fax. Members of the New Voice
coalition submit to the AFL-CIO the resolutions
and constitutional amendments necessary to enact
their historic platform for AFL_CIO leadership
change during the October convention.
- AFL-CIO Convention in perspective
- By Fred Gaboury, People's Weekly World, 11
November 1995. For the first time in its 100-year
history, the AFL-CIO chose its officers in a contested
election. And, for the first time ever, the AFL-CIO,
headed by John J. Sweeney, Richard Trumka, and Linda
Chavez-Thompson, is led by men and women with first-hand
experience running strikes and organizing campaigns.
- Voices from the AFL-CIO convention
- By Judith Le Blanc, People's Weekly World, 11
November 1995. Positive reflections on the convention's new
- AFL-CIO Convention: Recycling the Sellouts;
Labor Traitors vs. Class Struggle
- In The Spartacist, 13 November 1995. An attack on
organized labor and its leadership at
the convention: The all-sided assault on people's rights and
living conditions is responsibility of the American labor
bureaucracy whose hand-picked delegates assembled under
the chandeliers of the New York Sheraton.
- A Turning Point for the Labor Movement
- By Milt Neidenberg, Workers World, 9 November
1995. History will record that the 21st AFL-CIO Convention
was a turning point--the beginning of a movement of unorganized,
poorly paid workers of many nationalities, many of them women,
in sweatshops, offices and service-oriented workplaces.
The AFL-CIO 1997 Convention
- Organize for Change: AFL-CIO convention lays out plan of
- By Shelley Ettinger, in Workers World, 2 October 1997. The
opening of the convention and events leading up to it.
- Union Time
- By JoAnn Wypijewski, commentary in the Nation, 3
October 1997. The opening scene of eighty rank-and-filers
reporting on unionization victories involving tens of thousands
animated the mantra "Organize, Mobilize, Energize" in
a way that the most ardent of Sweeney's promoters could not
have done two years ago, but behind the surface, the old rift
is as real as ever.
- AFL-CIO Convention charts path to future
- By Fred Gaboury, People's Weekly World, 4 October
1997. The 870 delegates took a hard look at the direction of the
labor movement, reflected on the considerable progress made
since election of the leadership team of John J. Sweeney, Richard
L. Trumka and Linda Chavez-Thompson in 1995 and, at the same time,
charted a path toward the new millennium.
- Inside the AFL-CIO Convention - Sep. 22, 1997
- By Mary Boyd and Dan Gursky, AFT, 24 September 1997. Official AFT
perspective on the convention. AFT and the focus on organizing;
Gore's presence and electoral activism.
- Inside the AFL-CIO Convention--Sept. 24, 1997.
- By Mary Boyd and Dan Gursky, 24 September 1997. Another AFT report,
which proved rather controversial. While it usefully reports on the
education aspect of the convention, etc., for many, a veneration
of Albert Shaker seemed profoundly contrary to the new thrust of
- AFL-CIO Convention Draws To Close
- By Ernie Mailhot, from the Militant, 13 October 1997. A
straightforward account of the closing. Like the rest of the convention,
the rally and the deliberations of the last day reflected the impact
of the UPS strike and recent union organizing victories.
- AFL-CIO convention: New labor militancy comes
through loud and clear
- By Shelley Ettinger, in the Workers World, 9 October
1997. In its final three days, the AFL-CIO convention remained
focused on organizing.