American federation of labor is a union that was organized in 1886 and its members were mainly composed of skilled workers. The federation played an important role in pushing for employment rights for its members. It also organized successful strikes especially in the 1890’s and early decades of 1900. AF of L was formed as a rival federation for Knight of labor.
The main goals and issues that AF of L was actively involved in implemented are issues on working conditions, decent wages, employees rights to negotiate their working terms with the management, freedom to be involved in political activities and right to strike. However, since its foundation in 1886 the federation has been faced with many challenges (Paul, 01). Some of the challenges which almost resulted to its collapse were the anti union public attitude that has up to date resulted to lowered number of membership.