George Meany

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Activist(1894–1980)
U.S. union leader George Meany helped guide the 1955 merger between the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations.

Synopsis

U.S. union leader George Meany was born on Aug. 16, 1894, in New York City. A plumber by trade, he became president of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in 1952 and merged with the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). He kept the AFL-CIO away from radicalism, but was a strict leader, causing friction with the Teamsters union and the United Automobile Workers.

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