The U.S. labor movement is a vital force for justice, equality, and democracy. But its biggest federation, the AFL-CIO, has also worked its way into mainstream politics over time, and cozied up with the U.S. national security state. At many points in its history, the federation has been complicit in U.S. foreign policies that have undermined—and even crushed—progressive and left movements abroad, particularly during the Cold War (1945-1991). In this class, we'll examine this history, and look at how the AFL-CIO's actions contrast with those taken by some individual unions that tried to challenge U.S. foreign policy. The goal is to reckon honestly with the U.S. labor movement's past, so that we can build stronger ties of solidarity with the global oppressed.

Facilitators: Jeff Schuhrke and Sarah Lazare

NOTE: The first 50 folx to register for this class will be offered a free one year subscription to In These Times!


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Course tuition is nonrefundable unless the LES office cancels a course. In the case of LES course cancellation, 100% of tuition will be refunded.

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The AFL-CIO and the Global Cold War
Online, instructor led
3:00PM to 4:30PM
Apr 12, 2023
Online (US Central Time)
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LES Free non-credit $0.00
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