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American Federation of Labor -
Congress of Industrial
Organizations (AFL-CIO)
Partner with Union Sportsmen's Alliance


815 16TH STREET, N.W.
a 501(c)(5) labor union organization
(202) 637-5000
Founded: AFL, 1886; CIO, 1935; merged 1955
Exempt since: 1956

AFL-CIO's relationships are mapped on Muckety.

Self Description: The AFL-CIO is a federation of affiliated national and international labor unions, trade and industrial departments, state and local central bodies and directly affiliated local unions. The AFL-CIO engages in a wide range of activities on behalf of its affiliates and their members. These activities are designed to improve the lives of working families - to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our nation.

Actual: Operates with environmental groups, partisan election campaigns, and large foundations. Former President John Sweeney is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, affiliate of the Socialist International.

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President: Richard Trumka

Richard Louis Trumka (born July 24, 1949) is President of the AFL-CIO, elected in 2009 the labor federation's convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was President of the United Mine Workers from 1982 to December 22, 1995, then Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO.
In 1996 Trumka, was one of the original 130 founders of Bob Borosage's far-left Campaign for America's Future.
He also
serves on the Board of Directors of the Economic Policy Institute, which performed a study for the Blue-Green Working Group in 2002, titled, "Clean Energy and Jobs." In early 2002 they submitted a four-point program:

  • Mandatory efficiency standards for vehicles and equipment, and regulations forcing electric utilities to buy power from renewable energy sources other than hydroelectric dams.

  • Government bailout for displaced workers in a "Just Transition" program for employees such as coal miners who lose their jobs as a result of carbon-abatement policies: two years of full income replacement, health insurance, retirement contributions; four years of full-time training or educational benefits. No bailout for shareholders or management.

  • A tax on the carbon content of fuels of $50 per ton of carbon, with the revenues used to 1) reduce payroll taxes on labor; 2) fund energy-efficiency incentives and 3) pay for the Just Transition programs.

  • Carbon tariffs on imports of energy-intensive products such as steel, aluminum, and cement, to minimize the competitiveness impacts of the carbon tax, with tax rebates for exports.

The Economic Policy Institute saw their plan as raising general employment and Gross Domestic Product slightly. Trumka saw their plan as causing substantial unemployment in specific sectors, mainly coal mining, petroleum refining, and electric utilities, and rejected it.

But as President of the AFL-CIO in 2009, Trumka endorsed this position, and called for a “just transition to a green economy,” during a September 22nd speech to the Job, Justice and Climate conference in New York.

Labor support for a cap-and-trade bill clearly harms labor in the energy sector, yet politics demands the AFL-CIO support some form of the old 2002 report.

Richard Trumka's relationships are mapped on Muckety.

And don't forget John Sweeney

John Sweeney (born May 5, 1934) was the previous president of the AFL-CIO, elected at the federation's biennial convention in October 1995 and was re-elected in 2005. He replaced the do-nothing Lane Kirkland in a shrill reform campaign to revitalize the union and recruit new members. During his campaign, Sweeney joined the Democratic Socialists of America, sending a strong signal which way he was going. Among his many changes as president was a new concentration on political activism.

Sweeney supported the idea of the Blue Green Working Group to make union members more willing to limit emissions and endorse the Kyoto Protocol to control global warming, but the plan failed to win union support. In 2004, Sweeney assigned a talented AFL-CIO staff political director, Steven Rosenthal, to lead America Coming Together, a pro-Democrat 527 electioneering organization.

John Sweeney's relationships are mapped on Muckety.

Steven S. Rosenthal
Labor movement's best
Get Out The Vote organizer

Steve Rosenthal is a close personal friend of Andy Stern; they have shared a New Jersey getaway beach house for over 25 years. Unlike Stern, Rosenthal was born into a union family (1953, New York). His father sold shoes in a union shop in Brooklyn.

Rosenthal attributes his passion for social justice to his religious mother and the Judaic tradition of tikkun olam, "repair the world." He graduated from State University of New York at New Paltz, where he majored in political science and became radicalized against the Vietnam war, volunteering for George McGovern’s presidential campaign.

Rosenthal became New Jersey political director for the Communication Workers of America in 1985. He married a fellow CWA organizer, "a Teamster’s daughter," Eileen Kirlin. They later adopted two children, Ana from Brazil, and Sam from Paraguay.

He left CWA to join Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1991, then served on the Democratic National Committee and in the Clinton administration as Associate Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor for two years.

When John Sweeney was elected president of the AFL-CIO in 1995, he invited Rosenthal to come with him as political director. Rosenthal served for seven years and showed himself the leading Get Out The Vote campaign organizer in the labor movement. The door-to-door expertise he gained from the ground up played a key role in the 2004 presidential campaign.

Steve Rosenthal's relationships are mapped on Muckety.

American Federation of Labor -
Congress of Industrial Organizations
 financial condition 2008

 Revenue     Expenses
Contributions $0
Government Grants $0
Program Services $4,109,623
Investments $4,700,490
Special Events $0
Sales ($2,394)
Other $142,107,096


Program Services $0
Administration $0
Other $0
Total Expenditures $153,153,237
Total Revenue $150,914,815   NET GAIN/LOSS ($2,238,422)

American Federation of Labor -
Congress of Industrial Organizations
 Political Action Committee finances
2010 election cycle
See original on Open Secrets

Total Receipts $380,860
Total Spent  (view expenditures) $321,901
Begin Cash on Hand $34,794
End Cash on Hand $93,762
Debts $0
Independent Expenditures $165
Date of last report May 31, 2010
Contributions from this PAC to federal candidates (list recipients)
(100% to Democrats, 0% to Republicans)
Contributions to this PAC from individual donors of $200 or more ( list donors) $1,445

American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations
 Officers and Directors  2008
(Latest official data available, pre-Trumka)

Name Title Compensation
John J Sweeney President $272,250
Richard L Trumka SECR TREAS $238,975
Frances Arleen Holt-Baker Exec VP $207,170
Linda Chavez-Thompson Exec VP $106,829
Mark Ayers Vice President $0
Richard P Hughes Vice President $0
Paul C Thompson Vice President $0
Laura Ricco Vice President $0
Leo W Gerard Vice President $0
Warren S George Vice President $0
Fred Redmond Vice President $0
James C Little Vice President $0
William Burrus Vice President $0
Richard P Hughes Vice President $0
Mathew D Loeb Vice President $0
Thomas Short Vice President $0
Nancy Wohlforth Vice President $0
Clyde Rivers Vice President $0
Frank Hurt Vice President $0
Joseph J Hunt Vice President $0
Edward Mcelroy Vice President $0
Michael J Sullivan Vice President $0
Ron Gettelfinger Vice President $0
Ann Converso Vice President $0
Michael Sacco Vice President $0
Alan Rosenburg Vice President $0
Jill Levy Vice President $0
Randi Weingarten Vice President $0
William P Hite Vice President $0
Larry Cohen Vice President $0
Vincent Giblin Vice President $0
Greg Junemann Vice President $0
Cecil E Roberts Vice President $0
John Gage Vice President $0
Gerald W McEntee Vice President $0
John J Flynn Vice President $0
Edwin Hill Vice President $0
Thomas R Buffenbarger Vice President $0
Andrea E Brooks Vice President $0
Capt John H Prator Vice President $0
Robbie Sparks Vice President $0
Leon Lynch Vice President $0
Edward C Sullivan Vice President $0
Baxter Atkinson Vice President $0
William Lucy Vice President $0
Harold A Schaitberger Vice President $0
Gene Upshaw Vice President $0
Patricia Friend Vice President $0
Robert A Scardelletti Vice President $0
Elizabeth Bunn Vice President $0
Michael Goodwin Vice President $0
James A Williams Vice President $0
Rose Demoro Vice President $0
Nat LaCour Vice President $0
William H Young Vice President $0