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The History of the Cooperation Between of American and Polish Trade Unionists, 1918-1989

Paweł Zyzak

Abstract

The cooperation between Polish and American unionists dates back to 1918, when Poland regained its independence and, as a result of post-war treaties, the International Labor Organization was established. During the 1930s Poles and Americans worked together in the so called “Amsterdam International”. During the IIWW both, the AFL and CIO, supported Polish anti-Nazi resistance, and after the war, the former, was helping Polish émigrés and country’s anticommunist underground. The AFL co-organized the Radio Free Europe. AFL-CIO (from 1955 r. onward) was publicizing all the Polish worker’s uprisings in the West. In August 1980 it staunchly endorsed strikers in Poland. Since September it started to organize material aid for the arising labor union. After the introduction of “martial law” it demanded a strong response from the U. S. government to the aggression. AFL-CIO supported underground structures of “Solidarity” and was lobbied against the PPL regime at the ILO. Simultaneously it demanded the bankruptcy of PPL.
Record ID
UAM9f33a0a26d5946acbc28f7c37d9360c4
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Title in Polish
Dzieje współpracy amerykańskich i polskich związkowców, 1918-1989
Title in English
The History of the Cooperation Between of American and Polish Trade Unionists, 1918-1989
Language
pol (pl) Polish
Certifying Unit
Faculty of History (FoH)
Discipline
history / (humanities) / (humanities)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
1.3 history
Status
Finished
Defense Date
31-05-2016
Title date
31-05-2016
Supervisor
Tomasz Schramm Tomasz Schramm,, Zakład Historii Najnowszej [nowa struktura organizacyjna] (SNH/WH/JWH)Szkoła Nauk Humanistycznych [nowa struktura organizacyjna] (SNH)
URL
http://hdl.handle.net/10593/14675 Opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
AFL-CIO ,Kirkland, Solidarity, Labour
Abstract in English
The cooperation between Polish and American unionists dates back to 1918, when Poland regained its independence and, as a result of post-war treaties, the International Labor Organization was established. During the 1930s Poles and Americans worked together in the so called “Amsterdam International”. During the IIWW both, the AFL and CIO, supported Polish anti-Nazi resistance, and after the war, the former, was helping Polish émigrés and country’s anticommunist underground. The AFL co-organized the Radio Free Europe. AFL-CIO (from 1955 r. onward) was publicizing all the Polish worker’s uprisings in the West. In August 1980 it staunchly endorsed strikers in Poland. Since September it started to organize material aid for the arising labor union. After the introduction of “martial law” it demanded a strong response from the U. S. government to the aggression. AFL-CIO supported underground structures of “Solidarity” and was lobbied against the PPL regime at the ILO. Simultaneously it demanded the bankruptcy of PPL.

Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAM9f33a0a26d5946acbc28f7c37d9360c4/
URN
urn:amu-prod:UAM9f33a0a26d5946acbc28f7c37d9360c4

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