Organized labor, a staunch ally of civil rights groups, is being taken to task for its own record on race relations.Skip to next paragraph
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Herbert Hill, former labor director of the NAACP and a professor at the University of Wisconsin, says a study shows that the AFL-CIO's ''formal declaration of a nondiscriminatory policy'' has produced few gains.
The AFL-CIO admits bias hasn't been overcome, but it reports progress: Many of the 44,700 locals in the AFL-CIO's 101 unions are headed by blacks; one of the unions is headed by a black; two blacks sit on the federation's 35-member executive council; two of 13 federation departments are headed by blacks is was one of the organization's seven regional offices.
Blacks constitute 23 percent of the AFL-CIO's membership.