Barack Obama, Richard Trumka

Union Leaders Ignore Labor History, Double Down on Partisan Politics

Samuel Gompers was the first president of the American Federation of Labor and thus one of the most important labor leaders in American history. On his watch, the American Federation of Labor became the largest and most powerful labor union in the country during a time in American history when labor unions were hardly popular.

Radical Ex-Union Lawyers Control NLRB

National Right to Work Committee

Seventy-five years ago, in unusually blunt testimony before a U.S. House panel, Joseph Padway, general counsel of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), a precursor to today’s AFL-CIO, complained how federal laws and the bureaucrats implementing them weren’t doing enough to promote union monopolies.

Margins tax setback

The AFL-CIO has learned from Big Labor’s Obamacare debacle: hugely complex initiatives that jack up taxes and grow government aren’t good for the economy, much less unions.