The A. F. of L. in Convention Cities
MEMBERS OF the American Federation of Labor Nonpartisan Political Campaign Committee attended the conventions of both political parties. They talked privately with political figures, and they no doubt heard reassuring promises, off the record. Of these things contemporaries knew little. Labor delegations appeared before the resolutions committee of both parties on behalf of the planks they wanted to see placed in the platforms. What they asked and what they received is easily told. The rest can now be more or less pieced together.
Several weeks before William Green left for the Republican Party convention in Kansas City, he released a statement explaining what was meant by a "nonpartisan" political policy in the eyes of the American Federation of Labor. It meant that principle would be placed above party. Organized labor would support the candidates favoring its proposals, for these persons were on the side of "the people" rather than "the interests." Reactionary and unfriendly candidates would be opposed. Green announced that the A. F. of L. would not lend itself in 1928 to an independent or