AFL-CIO Merger 1945 AFL-CIO

GROUP: Hybrid



  • Mark Edakara
  • Patrick Monaghan
Email Committee Chair

Today, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is the largest federation of unions in the United States, boasting more than fifty unions and twelve million affiliated members. However, in the formative era of the 1950’s the future of labor was anything but clear, and the CIO and the AFL were locked in a tense struggle for dominance. Drawing up hard positions on the fate of unskilled workers, level of political affiliation, or whether to condemn aggressive rioting led to direct ideological opposition on several fronts. Over the course of a weekend, these two labor behemoths will merge into one cohesive whole to secure their future against a growing array of threats. Delegates will grapple with the social, political, and economic headwinds facing the labor movement in 1950s America and attempt to chart a course towards future stability and prosperity. It is with this volatile backdrop that representatives from constituent unions will have to operate on a razor’s edge to ensure that any final merger is advantageous to their interests by negotiating with fellow delegates while simultaneously taking strong personal action to avoid being sidelined.

This committee is a hybrid committee which means it has a unique structure that contains both traditional and crisis Model UN elements. However, crisis experience is not required nor would it incur any special advantage. Please read the background guide carefully for the special rules and procedures of this committee.


Committee Members

  •  Musicians, American Federation of
  •  Actors and Artistes of America, Associated
  •  International Printing Pressmen & Assistants’ Union of North America
  •  Hotel and Restaurant Employees' and Bartenders' International Union
  •  Barbers, Hairdressers, Cosmetologists and Proprietors
  •  Letter Carriers
  •  Fire Fighters, International Association of
  •  Bricklayers', Masons and Plasterers' International Union of America
  •  Carpenters and Joiners of America, United Brotherhood of
  •  Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, International Brotherhood of
  •  Electrical Workers, International Brotherhood of
  •  Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers of America, Brotherhood of
  •  Teachers, American Federation of
  •  Airline Pilots Association
  •  Typographical Union, International
  •  Railway Conductors and Brakemen, Order of
  •  Railroad Carmen, Brotherhood of
  •  Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Stablemen and Helpers, International Brotherhood of
  •  Ladies' Garment Workers Union, International
  •  Bakery and Confectionery Workers of America, International Union of
  •  Auto Workers, United (Join CIO after 1936 Commie)/Automobile aircraft and agricultural
  •  United Steelworkers of America
  •  International Union of Electrical Workers
  •  Clothing Workers of America
  •  Communications Workers of America
  •  Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America
  •  American Newspaper Guild
  •  Oil Workers International Union
  •  Furniture Workers
  •  Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union
  •  Woodworkers of America, Inti.
  •  Utility Workers Union of America
  •  Transport Workers Union of America
  •  United Packing House
  •  United Gas, Coke and Chemical Workers of America
  •  International Brewery
  •  United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum & Plastic Workers of America
  •  Playthings, Jewelry & Novelty Workers Inti. Union
  •  Shoeworkers
  •  Textile Workers Union of America