The Merger of the AFL and CIO
The joined association of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations is set up under an agreed Constitution.
Links to further information on the constitution are set up after the Preamble.
The Preamble to the AFL-CIO Constitution:
The establishment of this Federation through the merger of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial
Organizations is an expression of the hopes and aspirations of the working people of America.
We seek fulfillment of these hopes and aspirations through democratic processes within the framework of our constitutional
government and consistent with our institutions and traditions.
At the collective bargaining table, in the community, in the exercise of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, we shall
responsibly serve the interests of all the American people.
We pledge ourselves to the more effective organization of working men and women; to the securing to them of full recognition
and enjoyment of the rights to which they are justly entitled; to the achievement of ever higher standards of living and working
conditions; to the attainment of security for all the people sufficient to enable workers and their families to live in dignity; to the
enjoyment of the leisure which their skills make possible; and to the strengthening and extension of our way of life and our
democratic society.
We shall combat resolutely the forces which seek to undermine the democratic institutions of our nation and to enslave the
human soul. We shall strive always to win full respect for the dignity of the human individual whom our unions serve.
With Divine guidance, grateful for the fine traditions of our past, confident of meeting the challenge of the future, we proclaim
this Constitution.

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