By Sana Ajmi | Mar 23 2012AFLâ€“CIO to honor UGTT , AFL–CIO , federation of national unions , Sami Tahri , The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations ,
The Â American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFLâ€“CIO), has decided to honor the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) – Tunisia’s largest and most powerful union.
“On March 15, the UGTT received a message from the AFLâ€“CIO announcing its intention to honor the UGTT for its role during the Tunisian Revolution and the transitional period,” stated Â Sami Tahri, communication manager of the UGTT.
Elements of the UGTT have been credited with playing a major role in the mobilization of demonstrators during the uprisings that preceded the ouster of former Tunisian president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.
According to Tahri, a delegation will be formed to represent the union during an upcoming ceremony hosted by the AFL-CIO.” A ceremony will be held in Washington at the office of the federation. The UGTT will send a delegation to participate in the ceremony held in their honor,” Tahri added.
TheÂ AFLâ€“CIO, is the largest Â federation of national unionsÂ in the United States, representing more than 12 million workers.Â It was formed after a long estrangement between the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations, which finally merged in 1955. From 1955 until 2005 the AFLâ€“CIO’s member unions have represented nearly all unionized workers in the United States.
According to Tahri, the AFLâ€“CIO and the UGTT have a standing relationship with each other, and this honorÂ is meant to encourage union activism around the world.
TheÂ UGTT was foundedÂ January 20, 1946, and has 517,000 members.