Business: U.S. Quits I.L.O.

Expected, but still a shock

The move was widely anticipated, but it set off diplomatic tremors anyhow.

Rejecting the counsel of his top foreign-policy advisers, President Carter last week withdrew the U.S. from the International Labor Organization, the oldest United Nations specialized agency (it was founded in 1919 as an arm of the old League of Nations). Although the I.L.O. has been successful in monitoring and improving labor conditions worldwide, it also has become a forum for Third World and Communist attacks against U.S. Middle East policy and especially against Israel. Both the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce favored the pullout—the...

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