November 21, 1999 |
John J. Sweeney is widely credited with reinvigorating U.S. labor after years of complacency and shrinking relevance. Sweeney, now 65, has preached the importance of organizing almost nonstop since taking over leadership of the powerful AFL-CIO four years ago. The amiable, soft-spoken leader, the son of Irish immigrants, attended his first union meetings at the knee of his father, a New York bus driver. His mother was a domestic worker.
September 24, 1997 |
Inside America's labor movement, AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney has emerged as a hero. His sweeping overhaul of the national labor federation--launched after he won his dissident election campaign in 1995--has energized union militants, impressed former opponents and captured enormous media attention. But the revolution led by Sweeney, who stands unopposed for reelection today at the AFL-CIO's convention in Pittsburgh, so far has made scant headway in changing American economic life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1997
AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney came to Los Angeles Tuesday to tell the county Board of Supervisors that it needs to give county employees a long-awaited pay raise because union workers have gone without one during the county's fiscal crisis over the last few years. Sweeney, the nation's top labor leader, met personally with each supervisor, adding a powerful voice to the chorus of calls for raises for workers who have gone as long as five years without one.
April 3, 1997
AFL-CIO President John Sweeney travels to Asia this weekend for meetings with labor leaders in Hong Kong and Japan. One of the main goals is to pressure the Japanese firms that own and manage the downtown Los Angeles New Otani Hotel & Garden, which has resisted a union-organizing drive by Local 11 of the Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Union. Sweeney will also participate in an annual bilateral meeting with leaders of Japan's labor federation.
February 20, 1997 |
In an extraordinary action to draw international attention to a Los Angeles workplace dispute, the nation's top labor leader disclosed Wednesday that he will go to Japan to press the cause of workers seeking to unionize downtown Los Angeles' New Otani Hotel & Garden. The planned trip by John J. Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO, is believed to be the first time that any head of the American labor movement has traveled abroad to lobby directly for a local union's campaign.
October 29, 1995 |
Unions in America are in trouble. Membership, as a percentage of the work force, is less than half of its peak in the 1950s, corporations are battling them harder than at any time in recent years and a virulently anti-union majority in Congress is striving to pass legislation that will make them even weaker. On Wednesday, soft-spoken John J. Sweeney, 61, won the first contested election for the presidency of the AFL-CIO, the only federation of labor unions in the United States.