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Constructing Affirmative ActionThe Struggle for Equal Employment Opportunity$
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David Hamilton Golland

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813129976

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813129976.001.0001

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Constructing Affirmative Action

David Hamilton Golland

University Press of Kentucky

During a luncheon that was sponsored by the Negro Trade Union Leadership Council and the Jewish Labor Committee in April 1969, Andrew J. Biemiller — legislative director of the AFL-CIO — expressed that the coalition of the labor, liberal, and civil rights had to be strengthened in order to be able to deal with the fact that most blacks were usually excluded from jobs in building construction trades. While the previous secretary of labor, Willard Wirtz, played no small part in advocating programs for union leaders that would maintain the coalition, President Nixon's secretary of labor — George Shultz — did not foster confidence in union efforts at eliminating segregation in construction sites. The book provides a history of the civil rights issue, especially during the civil rights era, and particularly in the North and in the West.

Keywords:   coalition, civil rights, civil rights era, labor rights, liberal rights, George Shultz, Willard Wirtz

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