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Labor and Social Welfare: The CIO's Community Services Program, 1941-1956

Elizabeth Fones-Wolf
Social Service Review
Vol. 70, No. 4 (Dec., 1996), pp. 613-634
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30012926
Page Count: 22
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Abstract

This article examines the development of Congress of Industrial Organizations' (CIO) Community Services program from its origins during World War II to the mid-1950s. By addressing workers' social and economic needs beyond the factory, CIO unions hoped to strengthen their organizations, improve members' lives, and increase labor's legitimacy as a mainstream civic organization. Although such activities increased union legitimacy, they were in some ways a double-edged sword. By presenting labor as an advocate of the community's broader interests, unions often sacrificed their class identity.

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