American Labor Committee to Aid British Labor

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Formation1941

The American Labor Committee to Aid British Labor (ALCABL) was a vehicle for US trade union supporters of Britain prior to US entry into the Second World War. According to Special Operations Executive agent Sydney Morrell it was a British controlled front.[1]

ALCABL was organised in March 1941, during a US visit by the TUC's Sir Walter Citrine. Thomas E. Mahl suggests that its chairman, Matthew Woll may have been a British intelligence contact.[2]

According to The Secret History of British Intelligence in the Americas, 1940-45, a secret report written by leading operatives of the British Security Coordination, ALCABL was another affiliate of the American Federation of Labor, also under the chairmanship of Matthew Woll. It held mass meetings, sponsored radio broadcasts and distributed Aid British Labor buttons, Help Smash Dictators circulars, posters, etc. These two committees were particularly useful in the period when much of organized labour was still anti-British because it followed, or was attracted to, pro-Soviet isolationists. It was impossible to do anything with large segments of the Congress of Industrial Organizations before June 1941, but its powerful rival, the American Federation of Labor, was thus induced to side with the British.[3]

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References

  1. Thomas E. Mahl, Desperate Deception, Brassey's 1999, p.24.
  2. Thomas E. Mahl, Desperate Deception, Brassey's 1999, p.32.
  3. Cited from https://spartacus-educational.com/USAcouncilDem.htm