Carey, James B. (James Barron), 1911-1973

American labor unionist

James Barron Carey was a 20th-century American labor union leader; secretary-treasurer of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) (1938—55); vice-president of AFL—CIO (from 1955); served as president of the United Electrical Workers (UE) (1936—41) but broke with it because of its alleged Communist control. He was the founder and president (1950—65) of the rival International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers. President Truman appointed Carey to the President's Committee on Civil Rights in 1946. Carey was labor representative to the United Nations Association (1965—72). Carey helped influence the CIO's pullout from the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) and the formation of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) dedicated to promoting free trade and democratic unionism worldwide. (Source: Wikipedia)

August 12, 1911
September 11, 1973
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