American Institute for Free Labor Development


American Institute for Free Labor Development

The American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) was founded in 1962 as the international arm of the AFL-CIO in the western hemisphere. AIFLD has been described by former CIA officer Philip Agee as a "CIA-controlled labor center financed through AID." It did in fact receive funding from the US government, mostly through USAID (United States Agency for International Development), and starting in the 1980s it began receiving funds from the NED (National Endowment for Democracy). The AIFLD was at its origins organized by Jay Lovestone and Irving Brown.

The AIFLD

A US Comptroller General's report says "In May 1961 the AFL-CIO approached private foundations, business men, and government agencies to seek financing for the planned Institute". George Meany, President of the AFL-CIO and also of AIFLD, boasted support from the "largest corporations in the United States . . . Rockefeller, ITT, Kennecott, Standard Oil, Shell Petroleum . . . Anaconda, even Readers Digest. . . and although some of these companies have no connection whatsoever to US trade unions, they are all agreed that it was really in the US interest to help develop free trade unions in Latin America, and that's why they contributed so much money".

J. Peter Grace, Chairman of the Board of AIFLD and also Chairman of the Board of the W.R. Grace Corporation, one of the 95 transnational companies that back the Institute, says AIFLD urges "cooperation between labor and management and an end to class struggle" and "teaches workers to increase their company's business". He says the goal of AIFLD is to "prevent communist infiltration, and where it exists . . . get rid of it".

Transformation into the ACILS (1997)

In October 1995, John Sweeney replaced Lane Kirkland as head of the AFL-CIO. A few months later, the AFL-CIO asked the AIFLD executive director, William Doherty, Jr., to resign, and he did so. In 1997, the AIFLD was reorganized into the American Center for International Labor Solidarity.

References


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • American Center for International Labor Solidarity — The American Center for International Labor Solidarity (ACILS), better known as the Solidarity Center, is a non profit organization established in 1997 by the AFL CIO, the labor federation that represents 9 million working men and women in the… …   Wikipedia

  • National Institute for Latino Policy — Jimmy Smits and Congressman Charles Rangel at NiLP s 25th Anniversary Gala in 2007 The National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP) was established in 1982 as the Institute for Puerto Rican Policy (IPR) in New York City, United States as a non… …   Wikipedia

  • Manila Christian Computer Institute for the Deaf — College of Technology, Inc. Motto God, Education, Technology, Life Established 1993/2008 Type …   Wikipedia

  • Free Trade Area of the Americas — The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) (Spanish: Área de Libre Comercio de las Américas (ALCA), French: Zone de libre échange des Amériques (ZLÉA), Portuguese: Área de Livre Comércio das Américas (ALCA), Dutch: Vrijhandelszone van de Amerika… …   Wikipedia

  • Development economics — is a branch of economics which deals with economic aspects of the development process in low income countries. Its focus is not only on methods of promoting economic growth and structural change but also on improving the potential for the mass of …   Wikipedia

  • Free trade debate — Free trade is one of the most debated topics in economics of the 20th and 21st century Fact|date=December 2007. Arguments over free trade can be divided into economic, moral, and socio political arguments. The academic debate among economists is… …   Wikipedia

  • American exceptionalism — refers to the theory that the United States is qualitatively different from other countries. In this view, America s exceptionalism stems from its emergence from a revolution, becoming the first new nation, [1] and developing a uniquely American… …   Wikipedia

  • American Beauty (film) — American Beauty Theatrical release poster Directed by Sam Mendes …   Wikipedia

  • Free trade — Not to be confused with Free market. World trade A series on Trade …   Wikipedia

  • American School (economics) — See also American System (economic plan). Part of a series on Economic systems Ideological systems …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.