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John J. Sweeney, Crusading Labor Leader, Is Dead at 86

Feb 02, 2021 - The New York Times

As head of the A.F.L-C.I.O., he embraced immigrants, women, minority groups and low-wage workers in an effort to reverse organized labor’s long decline.

As head of the A.F.L-C.I.O., he embraced immigrants, women, minority groups and low-wage workers in an effort to reverse organized labor’s long decline.

John J. Sweeney, a New York union researcher who climbed to the pinnacle of the American labor movement in the 1990s, leading the A.F.L-C.I.O. for 14 years through an era of fadi...