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the Foreign Service journal
April 2013
Paving theWay For
afsa celebrates 40 years as a union
A series of reforms
during the 1960s
transformed AFSA into
an efective, energetic
advocate for the career
Foreign Service.
By Harry W. Kopp
orty years ago, in elections held during 1972 and 1973, Foreign Service
employees at the Department of State, the U.S. Information Agency and the
Agency for International Development chose the American Foreign Service
Association to be their sole representative in talks with management. It was
a great victory, but not necessarily the one the leaders of the movement
that earned it had set out to win.
Te ofcers who took control of AFSA in 1967 had intended to use the association as a
platform for reshaping the Foreign Service and its role in foreign policy. But when events
ofered them a diferent opportunity, they were quick to seize it.