International Fur & Leather Workers Union

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Full name International Fur & Leather Workers Union
Founded 1913
Date dissolved 1955
Union merger Amalgamated Meat Cutters (United Food and Commercial Workers)
Country United States
Affiliation AFL, CIO, expelled for communist ties
Key people Ben Gold, President
Office location New York City

The International Fur and Leather Workers Union (IFLWU), was a labor union that represented workers in the fur and leather trades. The IFLWU was founded in 1913 and affiliated with the American Federation of Labor (AFL).

Radical union organizers, including Communists, played a role in the union from its early years. One radical and long-time dissident, Ben Gold, became union president in 1935.

In 1937, the IFLWU left the AFL and joined the new Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), led by John L. Lewis. Between 1949 and 1950, with Cold War tensions rising, the CIO expelled the IFLWU and 10 other unions that it accused of being "communist dominated."

In 1955, the union dissolved into the Amalgamated Meat Cutters union.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Steve Rosswurm, The CIO's Left-Led Unions (Rutgers University Press, 1992), pp. 159–181.