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Biography

BIOGRAPHICAL CHRONOLOGY

1918 Born, New York City, January 9th
1934 Graduated Townsend Harris Hall High School
1940 LL.B Degree, Brooklyn Law School
Married Rosalind Bryon
Organizer, ILGWU Local 178, Fall River, Massachusetts
1942 Business Agent, Local 281, Boston and Lowell, Massachusetts
1943 U.S. Air Force
1946 Manager, Local 22, ILGWU, Springfield, Massachusetts
Manager, Western Mass. District, Northeast Dept., ILGWU
1955 Director, Lower Southwest Region, ILGWU
1959 Vice-President ILGWU
1965 Vice-President ILGWU
1968 Chairman, American Trade Union Council for Histadrut
1969 Associate Trustee, Long Island Jewish Hillside Medical Center
1973 General Secretary-Treasurer, ILGWU
Vice-President, AFL-CIO Industrial Union Dept.
Member, Board of Directors, New York Urban Coalition
1975 President, ILGWU
Vice-President, AFL-CIO and Member, Executive Council
Member, Governor's Task Force on Housing
1976 Delegate to Democratic National Convention
National Chairman, Trade Union Council for Histadrut
1977 Labor Representative, Belgrade Conference to Review Helsinki Accord on Human Rights
Head of AFL-CIO Delegation to International Labor Summit, London
Received Labor Human Rights Award, Jewish Labor Committee
1978 Received Townsend Harris Award
Member, U.S. Delegation to Attend Funeral of Prime Minister Golda Meir
1979 Present at Signing of Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty at the White House
1980 Member, U.S. Delegation to ILO Session in Geneva
Vice-Chair, N.Y. Convention Center Operating Corp.
Member, Board of Trustees, Brandeis University
Honorary Degrees from Rutgers University and City University of New York
Seconded the Nomination of President Carter, Democratic National Convention
Published, A Labor Viewpoint: Another Opinion
1982 Head, AFL-CIO Fact-Finding Mission to South Africa
Member, N.Y.S. Governor's Special Transit Advisory Panel
1983 Sol C. Chaikin Chair Established at Brandeis University
Addressed AFL-CIO Annual Civil Rights Conference
Led Import Rollback Campaign
1985 Hosted ZENSEN Delegation from Japan for Discussions of Apparel and Textile Industries
1986 Retired as President of the ILGWU
1991 Died April 1, 1991 at age 73.