Labor’s International Connections
The first president of the AFL, Samuel Gompers, worked hard in the aftermath of World War I to establish the International Labor Organization (ILO). This organization, now a specialized international agency of the United Nations, has a tripartite structure, meaning equal representation from governments, employers, and worker organizations. It seeks to open up a “social dialog” to deal with international problems directly affecting workers and to evaluate the standards for workers around the world.
—Adapted from The Union Member's Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer.