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After global warfare II, the AFL-CIO pursued an formidable time table of containing international communism and aiding to throw off the shackles of colonialism. This sweeping assortment brings jointly contributions from best historians to discover its successes, demanding situations, and inevitable compromises because it pursued those projects in the course of the chilly struggle.

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Notes 1. John Logue, Toward a Theory of Trade Union Internationalism (Göteburg, Sweden: University of Göteburg, 1980); Sigrid Koch-Baumgarten, “Spionage Für Mitbestimmung: Die Kooperation der Internationalen Transportarbeiterföderation mit alliierten secret services im Zweiten Weltkrieg als Korporatistische Tauscharrangement,” Internationale Wissenschaftliche Korrespondenz zur Geschichte der deutschen Arbeiterbewegung 33 (1997); Geert Van Goethem, The Amsterdam International. The World of the International Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), 1913–1945 (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2006); Marcel van der Linden, Workers of the World: Essays toward a Global Labor History (Boston, MA: Brill, 2008).

Following US membership in the ILO, he was elected US representative to the ILO Workers’ Group, despite the fact that William Green also stood as a candidate. He was subsequently employed by the AFL and remained the US representative to the ILO Workers’ Group until his death. 19. ” 20. David Dubinsky (1892–1982) was born David Dobnievski in the Russian-Polish town of Brest-Litovsk. The son of a Jewish baker, he spent 18 months in prison for trade union activities, after which he was sent to Siberia.

For one, the Committee, in the eyes of the Americans concerned with the potential investigations of past American race slavery, should not investigate the history of forced labor at all, only the “problem at the present time,” nor should it inquire too deeply into “every last vestige or isolated case of forced labor” (which might also provide opportunities for the USSR to attack the West). If compelled to provide a definition of forced labor (which they hoped to avoid), the US delegation was advised to support a definition that excluded “hard labor .

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