Today in labor history: Formation of Alliance for Labor Action

On July 24, 1968, the United Autoworkers and the Teamsters formed the national trade union center, Alliance for Labor Action, which would soon be joined by several smaller unions.

The ALA supported the civil rights movement and vocally opposed the war in Vietnam, which included endorsing anti-war rallies and taking part in peace marches. The ALA also advocated fighting for universal health care.

The ALA disbanded after four years following the death of UAW President Walter Reuther.

Photo: Walter Reuther takes part in a civil rights march in Washington, circa 1963.   Wikipedia