Journal of Labor Research

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 301–311 | Cite as

The AFL-CIO Split: Does It Really Matter?

  • Gary Chaison


In 2005, the AFL-CIO split and the Change to Win Coalition (CtW) was founded because of the personal ambition of dissident union leaders and their frustration with the severe and continuing decline in union membership. The CtW was build on a shared faith that only afresh start could lead the unions out of their crisis. But a convincing case has not been made that the seceding unions would be more successful outside of AFL-CIO. When it is seen against the backdrop of the crisis in the labor movement and the enormity of the task of union organizing and revival, the AFL-CIO split does not really matter.


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  • Gary Chaison
    • 1
  1. 1.Clark UniversityWorcesterUSA

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