See Article History Alternative Title: Consequently, the craft unions revolted. Inunder the leadership of Samuel Gompersthey organized themselves as the AFL, a loose federation that remained for half a century the sole unifying agency of the American labour movement. In its beginnings, the American Federation of Labor was dedicated to the principles of craft unionism.
Established inthe American Federation of Labor is an umbrella organization for other unions. Many members of these two groups were disgruntled members of the Knights of Labor, the most influential organization of unions in the United States during the s. The AFL initially allowed only skilled workers to join the organization.
Unskilled laborers initially did not have representation under the AFL. The group also originally prohibited women, African Americans, and other racial minorities from joining the organization. Gompers supported the use of strikes, but he preferred peaceful negotiations to attain fair contracts for workers from their employers.
Bythe American Federation of Labor had 1. As the United States was engaged in a world war, the government hoped to avoid strikes by intervening on the behalf of workers with their employers.
InAFL membership had soared beyond four million workers. Unfortunately for the AFL, the s and s resulted in new difficulties for the organization and its leadership. Some members began to call for a more inclusive organization -- one that would fight for the rights of unskilled workers as well, rather than just workers skilled in a particular craft.
Tensions over this issue became so prevalent that, inJohn L.
Originally, this organization was a part of the AFL, but inthe parent organization expelled all members of the Committee for Industrial Organization.
The percentage of unionized workers, however, declined beginning in the s.
Byonly twenty percent of American workers belonged to a union.Industrial unionism is a labour union organizing method through which all workers in the same industry are organized into the same union—regardless of skill or trade—thus giving workers in one industry, or in all industries, more leverage in bargaining and in strike situations.
Advocates of industrial unionism value its contributions to building unity and solidarity, many suggesting the. In December of , the same year the Knights of Labor was dealt its fatal blow at Haymarket Square, Gompers met with the leaders of other craft unions to form the American Federation of Labor.
The A.F. of L. was a loose grouping of smaller craft unions, such as the masons' union, the hatmakers' union or Gompers's own cigarmakers' union.
The American Federation of Labor (AFL) was a national federation of labor unions in the United States founded in Columbus, Ohio, in December by an alliance of craft unions disaffected from the Knights of Labor, a national labor union. Samuel Gompers of the Cigar Makers' International Union was elected president at its founding convention Predecessor: Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions.
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