Welcome To The George Meany Legacy Website
The 1955 Time magazine cover featuring the AFL president George Meany.
William George MeanyWilliam George Meany (1894 – 1980) was a leader of several labor union federations. Meany was the President of the AFL (American Federation of Labor) in the fifties and as President of the AFL-CIO from the fifties to the late seventies. Being a social democrat, Meany was in opposition to corruption and both communism and anti-communism.
Meany appeared on the cover of the TIME magazine with his cigar twice. Meany proudly explained that he never had to walk a picket line becayse his union never needed one, thanks to the employers never attempted to replace his workers.
In 1974, the George Meany Center for Labor Studies was established in Silver Spring, Maryland and it was renamed to the National Labor College in 2004.