AIFLDAmerican Institute for Free Labor Development
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"If there's one thing you do," said the Argentine, "change the name of AIFLD. The intervention against the progressive unions created such a bitter lack of confidence that they will never rehabilitate themselves otherwise."
When a reformist military junta took over the presidential palace in 1979, it invited AIFLD back to counter the left-led organized labor movement allied with revolutionary groups.
AIFLD was in fact out front seeking to ameliorate rank injustices, encourage campesino political participation and further noncommunist left movements in El Salvador.
By 1997, he had disbanded labor's semi-autonomous regional "institutes"--AAFLI, AALC, AIFLD, and the Free Trade Union Institute (FTUI) operating in Europe--and replaced them with a centralized organization, headed by a long-time progressive, with an encouraging name: American Center for International Labor Solidarity (ACILS), better known today as the "Solidarity Center." Sweeney also removed many of the long-time cold warriors from the International Affairs Department.
According to documents I've unearthed in the AFL-CIO's archives, AIFLD's program in Chile was closely coordinated with the US Embassy and dovetailed with one of the CIA's key aims in Chile: to split the Chilean labor movement and create a trade union base of opposition to Allende, who was viewed as dangerously anti-American and a pawn of the Soviet Union.
In Mexico City, they were met by the former director of the notorious American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD), Jack Otero--accused by Philip Agee of being a CIA agent.
in sponsoring "free labor" institutes such as AIFLD and AAFLI, whose mission through the cold war till today has been to undermine radical labor movements in the Third World?
foreign policy and trade objectives." President Kennedy chartered the American Institute for Free Labor development (AIFLD) in August 1961, partly to further this policy and to help fend off communist influences in Latin American and Caribbean labor unions.
Created in 1962, in the wake of the Cuban revolution, AIFLD receives more than 90 percent of its funding from the U.S.
The American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) and its sister organizations in Africa and Asia are alive and well, financed by the State Department and as anti-communist as ever.
In collaboration with the national security state, the AFL-CIO leadership has sponsored organizations like the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) in Latin America, along with similar ones in Africa and Asia, dedicated to building collaborationist, anticommunist, procapitalist unions that undermine the more militant leftist ones both at home and abroad.