Trade unionism at a crossroads in America
Solidarity is supposed to be the guiding principle of the trade union movement.
Solidarity is supposed to be the guiding principle of the trade union movement. But anyone looking at the turmoil now afflicting America's biggest labour organisations would never realise that. American trade unionism has just suffered the biggest schism in its history.
For half a century, the labour movement in the US has been dominated by the giant AFL-CIO federation.
The federation is an approximate equivalent of Ireland's Ictu. It was an immensely powerful body at...
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