Latest Issue

Letter from Los Angeles

LA has become the centre of a trade union revival

By Jo-Ann Mort   April 2000

If Al Gore becomes the next US president, the moment when it became possible will be traced back to the biennial convention of the AFL-CIO, America’s main trade union body, in Los Angeles in mid-October last year. AFL-CIO head John Sweeney took the risk of pushing through an early endorsement for Al Gore, then facing a strong challenge from Bill Bradley. Gore’s floundering campaign was jump-started by the endorsement.

On the face of it this is curious-a presidential candidate in a nation where union penetration is below 15 per cent and whose CEOs invented union bashing and the flexible workplace,…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect