American Federation of Labor [Day 1]

Wednesday, September 17, 1952

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

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


Thomas E. Dewey, William Green, Vincent R. Impellitteri, Martin T. Lacey and Francis Spellman


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