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George Meany

US Labour Leader

Died when: 85 years 147 days (1024 months)
Star Sign: Leo


George Meany

William George Meany (August 16, 1894 – January 10, 1980) was an American labor union leader for 57 years.He was the key figure in the creation of the AFL–CIO and served as the AFL–CIO's first president, from 1955 to 1979.

Meany, the son of a union plumber, became a plumber himself at a young age.He became a full-time union official 12 years later.

As an officer of the American Federation of Labor, he represented the AFL on the National War Labor Board during World War II.

He served as president of the AFL from 1952 to 1955.He proposed its merger with the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) in 1952 and led the negotiations until the merger was completed in 1955.

He then served as president of the merged AFL–CIO for the next 24 years.Meany had a reputation for integrity and consistent opposition to corruption in the labor movement, and strong anti-communism.

He was one of the best known union leaders in the United States in the mid-20th century.

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