The AFL-CIO or American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations is a federation of 60 member American labor unions which encompasses all but a handful of major labor unions in the country and represents more than 13 million of Americans working in virtually every part of the economy.
- John J. Sweeney, President
- Linda Chavez-Thompson, Executive Vice President
- Richard L. Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer
The AFL-CIO was created in 1955 by the merger of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations. The AFL-CIO's first president, George Meany, was succeeded in 1979 by Lane Kirkland.
AFL-CIO in Crisis
On July 24, 2005, major news organizations, including the New York Times reported that several of the nation's largest unions were considering leaving the AFL-CIO.