Union Organizing

Archive Report

Drive of Labor Unions for New Members

Organized labor has been hitting serious snags as it strives to extend union membership to as many as possible of the 50-odd million workers in the United States who remain outside its ranks. Unions have recruited scarcely more than 100,000 new members since last December, when the newly unified American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations pledged a “militant campaign” to double the 16 million workers in its affiliated unions.

The drive was “not going to be any milk-toast movement,” President George Meany told the founding convention of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. at New York. “We are going to use every legal means …to organize the unorganized. No little men with loud voices in either political or industrial life are going ...

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