Chapter 8: Employment, Labor, and Wages
"Labor Unions and the AFL-CIO"
The American Federation of Labor (AFL) began in 1886 as an
organization of craft unions. Later, it added several industrial
unions. The trade and industrial unions did not always agree
over the future of the union movement. Consequently, eight
of the AFL industrial unions formed the Committee for Industrial
Organization (CIO) in 1935. In 1955, after almost twenty years
of disagreement, the AFL and CIO finally settled most of their
differences and joined to form the American Federation of
Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).
In this activity you will learn more about the AFL-CIO and
its role in our modern economy.
Destination Title: AFL-CIO
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Start at the AFL-CIO home page.
- Click on "About the AFL-CIO" for information
about this labor organization
- Browse through the various categories
and then answer the following questions.