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Latin America and the Caribbean, 1969-1976

 Series 4

This series contains correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, periodicals, petitions, press releases, and conference materials. The records date from 1969-1979, but most fall within the period 1971-1976. Topics include financial and material assistance to AFL-CIO sponsored or supported projects and activities; American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) activities; the Kemmons Wilson Construction Company/Bermuda Industrial Union dispute; government repression of trade unions in Bolivia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Nicaragua; the death of Frank Teruggi, Jr. in Chile; political unrest in Chile, Colombia, and Nicaragua; human rights abuses in Chile, Haiti, and Uruguay; Haitian Relief Council; the United Fruit Company in Guatemala and the Industrial Union of United Fruit Company Workers (SETUFCO); disaster relief in Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru; Haitian refugees in the U.S. and Dominican Republic; the AFL-CIO and anti-communism; the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU); the Organizacion Regional Interamericana de Trabajadores (ORIT); Mexican migrant workers ("braceros")/border industry in Mexico; the Sandinsta revolution/overthrow of Anastasio Somoza in Nicaragua; ORIT finances; ORIT/ICFTU relations; and the Panama Canal Treaty.

Major correspondents include: Leopoldo Barillas (Secretary General, SETUFCO); Michael Boggs; z. Joseph Campos (AIFLD, Chile, Paraguay); Roberto Cazares (AIFLD, Dominican Republic); Taylor (Jesse) Clear (Labor Officer, U.S. Consulate, Brazil); numerous Colombian trade union/federation officials; John Doherty (Labor Attache, U.S. Embassy, Argentina); James Ellenberger; Jose Estrada (Treasurer, ORIT); Roger Gamble (Labor Attache, U.S. Embassy, Argentina); John Haberle (AIFLD, Honduras, Panama); Michael Hammer (AIFLD, Colombia, Venezuela); Arturo Jauregui (Secretary General, ORIT); Bruce Jay (AIFLD, Dominican Republic, Honduras); Lane Kirkland (Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO); Ernest Lee; Rolando Leonard (AIFLD, Ecuador, Honduras); Jay Lovestone; Andrew McLellan; George Meany (President, AFL-CIO); Alva Moore (AIFLD, Uruguay); Art Nixon (Labor Attache, U.S. Embassy, Chile); John M. O'Grady (Labor Attache, U.S. Embassy, Mexico); John Ohmans (Labor Attache, U.S. Embassy, Brazil); Russell Olson (Labor Attache, U.S. Embassy, Colombia); Robert O'Neill (AIFLD, Chile, Paraguay); J.F. Otero (International Vice President, Brothe-rhood of Railway, Airline and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express and Station Employees [BRAC]); Joseph Pollydore (General Secretary, Guyana Trade Union Congress); Americo Ramos (AIFLD, Brazil); Esteban Rustan (AIFLD, Guatemala); James Shea (Labor Officer, U.S. Consulate, Brazil); Paul Somogyi (AIFLD, Guatemala); Valentin Suazo, Jr. (AIFLD, Guatemala); Jose Sueiro (AIFLD, Honduras); Elfriede Thiemann (AIFLD, Dominican Republic); Augustin Torres-Lazo (AIFLD, Ecuador); Fidel Velasquez (Secretary General, Confederacion de Trabajadores de Mexico [CTM]); Michael Verdu (AIFLD, Bolivia, Colombia); Alvin Warren (AIFLD, Guatemala, Honduras, Uruguay); and Charles Wheeler (AIFLD, Bolivia).


  • 1969-1976

Language of Materials

The material is in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.


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