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This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (September 2007) The American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) was founded in 1962 as the international arm of the AFL-CIO in the western hemisphere. AIFLD has been described by former CIA officer Philip Agee as a "CIA-controlled labor center financed through AID." It did in fact receive funding from the US government, mostly through USAID (United States Agency for International Development), and starting in the 1980s it began receiving funds from the NED (National Endowment for Democracy). The AIFLD was at its origins organized by Jay Lovestone and Irving Brown. Contents 1 The AIFLD 2 Transformation into the ACILS (1997) 3 See also 4 References The AIFLD A US Comptroller General's report says "In May 1961 the AFL-CIO approached private foundations, business men, and government agencies to seek financing for the planned Institute". George Meany, President of the AFL-CIO and also of AIFLD, boasted support from the "largest corporations in the United States . . . Rockefeller, ITT, Kennecott, Standard Oil, Shell Petroleum . . . Anaconda, even Readers Digest. . . and although some of these companies have no connection whatsoever to US trade unions, they are all agreed that it was really in the US interest to help develop free trade unions in Latin America, and that's why they contributed so much money". J. Peter Grace, Chairman of the Board of AIFLD and also Chairman of the Board of the W.R. Grace Corporation, one of the 95 transnational companies that back the Institute, says AIFLD urges "cooperation between labor and management and an end to class struggle" and "teaches workers to increase their company's business". He says the goal of AIFLD is to "prevent communist infiltration, and where it exists . . . get rid of it". While it was less emphasized, the AIFLD received most funding from the Central Intelligence Agency as well as tactical upport.[1][2][3][4][5] Transformation into the ACILS (1997) As a union president, John Sweeney opposed the foreign policy aims of the institute in Central America, especially what he perceived to be support for human rights abuses in El Salvador.[6] In October 1995, John Sweeney replaced Lane Kirkland as head of the AFL-CIO and ordered AIFLD executive director, William Doherty, Jr., to resign. The different foreign institutes then merged in a self-conscious effort to make a clean break with their Cold War past and to refocus on multinational corporations.[7][8] See also Free Trade Union Committee References ^ Lodge, George C. (1962). Spearheads of Democracy: Labor in the Developing Countries Harper & Row for the Council on Foreign Relations: New York. ASIN B0006AY0AU ^ Kelber, Harry (2004-11-15). AFL is Funded for Covert Activity by CIA In Long-standing Ties with Spy Agency. The Labor Educator. http://www.laboreducator.org/darkpast2.htm. Retrieved 2010-01-26.  ^ Carew, Anthony (February 1998). The American Labor Movement in Fizzland: The Free Trade Union Committee and the CIA - Central Intelligence Agency. Labor History.  ^ Waters, Robert (2005-03-15). The World's Longest General Strike: The AFL-CIO, the CIA, and British Guiana. Diplomatic History.  ^ Sims, Beth (1999). Workers of the World Undermined: American Labor’s Role in U.S. Foreign Policy South End Press: Boston. ISBN 0-89608-429-9 ^ Quaccia, Jon. National Endowment for Death Squads? The AFL-CIO and the NED. International Endowment for Democracy. http://www.iefd.org/articles/for_death_squads.php. Retrieved 2010-02-19.  ^ Rodberg, Simon (Summer 2001). The ClO without the CIA:Inside the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center. The American Prospect. http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/CIA/CIO_without_CIA.html. Retrieved 2010-01-25.  ^ Gottlieb, Sanford (1997-08-27). AFL-CIO's Foreign Policy: Labor Finds a New Public Enemy Number One. Pacific News Service. http://www.pacificnews.org/jinn/stories/3.18/970828-global.html. Retrieved 2010-02-19.  This article related to a United States labor union is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.v · d · e