J. Michael Luhan’s description of the AFL-CIO’s American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) in El Salvador (Dissent, Summer 1986) is fundamentally distorted by the ideological, cold war lens through which he views events. He magnifies “facts” that support a preconceived thesis, while ignoring real events that lead to a different conclusion. The real story is that El Salvador’s democratic trade union movement, despite fierce opposition from left and right extremes, has been largely successful in creating a democratic opening for working people.
Since space is limited, this reply will focus primarily on the issue of the Confederation of Democratica Workers (CTD). A lengthier account may be obtained from AIFLD, 1015 20th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036....
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