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George Meany Issue

The Postal Service honored labor leader George Meany (1894-1980) with the issuance of a 29-cent stamp on August 16, 1994, in Washington, DC. The stamp was dedicated at the AFL-CIO Headquarters on the centennial of his birth.

In 1939, Meany became secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), and he became its president in 1952. He successfully merged the AFL with the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) in 1955 to form the AFL-CIO and was elected its first president. He was reelected to successive two-year terms until he retired in 1979.

Meany fought against discrimination of any kind inside and outside the unions. In 1964, he was successful in getting the workplace covered by the Civil Rights Act. Although he dealt with eight US presidents — from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Jimmy Carter — Meany insisted that the AFL-CIO was not a permanent part of any particular party. His efforts successfully promoted equal rights for all workers.

Designed by Chris Calle of Ridgefield, Connecticut, the stamps were engraved through the intaglio process by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (August 4, 1994).


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