Last updated on: 12/7/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

John J. Sweeney Biography

Title:
President of the American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“Senators McCain and Kennedy introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill that will provide a path to legal status [including a path to citizenship] to the 12 million people who have been working hard, paying their taxes and contributing to their communities… We are strongly supportive of the concept of legalization,
recognizing that raising the floor for undocumented workers and bringing them out of the shadows will improve working conditions for all workers. We are also in agreement that if this bill moves forward, we will seek expand its labor protections considerably to ensure a positive outcome for all workers.”

“Letter to the National and International Union Presidents,” www.aflcio.org/issues, June 1, 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 1995 – present
  • President, National Service Employees International Union (SEIU), 1980
  • President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32B, 1976
  • Vice-President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32B, 1973
  • Assistant to the President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32B, 1972
  • Contract Director, Building Service Employees International Union (BSEIU) Local 32B, 1960
  • Researcher, International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU), 1956
  • Clerk, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)
  • Building Porter
  • Gravedigger
  • Honorary degrees from Oberlin College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Baltimore, Catholic University Law School and the University of Toledo’s College of Law
Education:
  • BS, Economics, Iona College, 1956
Other:
  • None found