From Monthly Review in the USA:
AFL-CIO History of Imperialism
The AFL has long had an imperialist foreign policy.
The AFL worked hard to build support for the Allies during World War I and pushed the US Government to intervene.
Later, Gompers and the AFL played central roles in the development of US foreign policy against the Soviet Union.
In the post-World War II period, the US labor movement — first under the AFL and, after its 1955 merger with the Congress of Industrial Organizations, under the AFL-CIO — has been extremely active internationally.
It helped overthrow democratically-elected governments in Guatemala (1954), Brazil (1964), and Chile (1973).
It supported reactionary labor movements that propped up dictatorships in El Salvador, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, Guatemala, Brazil, and Chile after coups.
25 years ago: AFL-CIO admits to aiding right-wing groups in France: here.
A Union Activist’s Call for Change. Nick Egnatz, Online Journal: “Kim Scipes’ new book ‘AFL-CIO’s Secret War against Developing Country Workers’ (Lexington Books, 2010) documents the history of AFL-CIO leadership in supporting the U.S. government policy of Empire in the developing world. AFL-CIO leadership, in secret and completely without the consent and support of their rank and file membership, has worked to thwart popular bottom-up organic democracy in the developing world and instead supported elite top-down democracy, friendly to U.S. corporate interests”: here.
British early and later 20th century ‘liberal’ ‘humanitarian imperialism’ views: here.