AFL-CIO President Bids Farewell As Labor Leader

PITTSBURGH -- The man who guided the nation's largest union federation for 14 years is bidding farewell.

John Sweeney is expected to reflect on his legacy when he delivers the keynote address late Sunday afternoon to hundreds of delegates at the AFL-CIO's convention in Pittsburgh.

Sweeney built the AFL-CIO into a political powerhouse for workers' rights and social change.

But unions also continued to lose members under his watch as millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs disappeared.

Sweeney will be succeeded by longtime deputy Richard Trumka later this week.

Trumka has pledged to make the AFL-CIO even more aggressive politically and to spend more time wooing younger workers.


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  • by Matt Location: NC on Sep 13, 2009 at 08:25 PM
    Personally, I think he should be investigated before he gets to retire fat on everyone elses money. The guys a big time CROOK. That story will never be told though.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Sep 13, 2009 at 04:51 PM
    He sees the handwriting on the wall. After big labor backed the current political power and the milk is turning sour the union leadership is not likely to have so much influence. Labor is beginning to think for themselves and is not happy.
  • by pete on Sep 13, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    I guess it's time to quit milking after the cow goes dry.
  • by Gator Location: NC on Sep 13, 2009 at 11:44 AM
    "But unions also continued to lose members under his watch as millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs disappeared." And they will continue to lose jobs, unions are political junkies. They now have control of GM and Chrysler, how long before they are defunct with out government help. Sorry, if the government quits helping them.
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