New Effort to Returns C.I.O and A.F.L.
Ratification of a “no-raid” agreement with the Congress of Industrial Organizations was the most significant action affecting the future of the American labor movement taken at the 1953 convention of the American Federation of Labor. If accepted by the C.I.O. at its annual convention in November, the agreement will come into force next January 1 and remain in effect until the end of 1955. Meanwhile, negotiations for “organic unity” will be conducted by top leaders of both organizations and, if present hopes are realized, the A.F.L. and C.I.O. will be reunited after two decades of separation.
The A.F.L. now has 111 national or international affiliates and the C.I.O. has 48. Aggregate membership of the two organizations is somewhere between ...