William Green (1873-1952) was president of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) from 1924 until his death in 1952. Under his mandate the Committee for Industrial Organization (CIO) split from the AFL. He helped pass the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the first federal law establishing minimum wages and a 40-hour week.
American Federation of Labor [Day 1]
Wednesday, September 17, 1952
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Opening session of the 71st annual convention of the American Federation of Labor.
Cardinal Spellman delivers the invocation.
Martin Lacey, teamster leader, welcomes speakers and delegates. Speaks of the importance of political unity. Discusses the struggle of trade unions and the importance of "friends" in political office.
Governor Dewey - speech starts abruptly - welcomes audience to New York state.
Mayor Impellitteri announces plans for city employees work week to be reduced to 40 hours, to be advanced by a 42 hour work week. Impellitteri encourages delegates to experience the city of New York.
Bill Green, AFofL president, thanks Dewey and Impellitteri for the welcome.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 69303
Municipal archives id: LT602