Workers' Education Bureau of America

Workers' Education Bureau Of America

Workers' Education Bureau of America

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Workers' Education Bureau of America (1921 - 1951) was an organization established to assist labor colleges and other worker training centers involved in the American labor movement.

The Workers' Education Bureau of America (WEB) was founded in 1921 by a group of United States-based unionists and educators. Its first officers were James H. Maurer (Socialist leader of the Pennsylvania State Federation of Labor) as President and Spencer Miller as Secretary-Treasurer. The executive board in 1921 included a number of trade union progressives including John Brophy of the United Mine Workers, Fannia Cohn of the ILGWU, and J. B. Salutsky. The WEB's first convention was held at the New School for Social Research in New York City.

WEB received financial, political, and consultative support from American Federation of Labor (AFL) leaders, including Samuel Gompers, William Green, and Matthew Woll. The AFL slowly built a majority on the WEB board of directors. The AFL then asserted a conservative influence on the organization's activities, which included withdrawing support from left-wing and progressive labor colleges and other training organizations as well as supporting only those curricula which supported the AFL's apolitical agenda and craft unionism.

In 1951, WEB was formally integrated into the AFL (and later, after the merger with the Congress of Industrial Organizations, the AFL-CIO) as its Education Department.

In 2003, the AFL-CIO transferred the duties and programs of the...
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