From the Reagan years to the present, the labor movement has faced
a profoundly hostile climate. As America's largest labor
federation, the AFL-CIO was forced to reckon with severe political
and economic headwinds. Yet the AFL-CIO survived, consistently
fighting for programs that benefited millions of Americans,
including social security, unemployment insurance, the minimum
wage, and universal health care. With a membership of more than 13
million, it was also able to launch the largest labor march in
American history--1981's Solidarity Day--and to play an important
role in politics.
In a history that spans from 1979 to the present, Timothy J.
Minchin tells a sweeping, national story of how the AFL-CIO
sustained itself and remained a significant voice in spite of its
powerful enemies and internal constraints. Full of details,
characters, and never-before-told stories drawn from unexamined,
restricted, and untapped archives, as well as interviews with
crucial figures involved with the organization, this book tells the
definitive history of the modern AFL-CIO.