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Unformatted text preview: American Federation of Labor (AFL), 1886-present [with CIO] o Leader: Samuel Gompers, pres. 1886-1924, except 1895 o Approach: pragmatic, most successful Accept wage system, public opinion was important Craft organization, primarily skilled Politics: individualized, no labor party Supported strikes but were disciplined with them Strike during prosperity o Limitations: poorest workers least organized <20% of total Immigrants made up over half of the industry Most needy benefit least Didnt organize for blacks or women...
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- Fall '08