Cover of American Federation of Labor organizing leaflet which explained to workers their right to organize into unions of their choice, guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act (Wagner Act) of 1935.

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Cover of American Federation of Labor organizing leaflet which explained to workers their right to organize into unions of their choice, guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act (Wagner Act) of 1935.

Once the Knights of Labor was disbanded, another labor organization was formed out of them called the American Federation of Labor. This was the largest union grouping in the United States for the first half of the 20th century.

Once the Knights of Labor was disbanded, another labor organization was formed out of them called the American Federation of Labor. This was the largest union grouping in the United States for the first half of the 20th century.

A flyer (primary source) that describes the creation of one of the first labor unions, the American Federation of Labor.

A flyer (primary source) that describes the creation of one of the first labor unions, the American Federation of Labor.

May 1, 1886:  At its 1884 convention, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions (which became the American Federation of Labor), proclaims that “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labor from and after May 1, 1886.”  The resolution received overwhelming support from FOTLU’s affiliated unions, which organized mass demonstrations and strikes in cities across the country.

May 1, 1886

May 1, 1886: At its 1884 convention, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions (which became the American Federation of Labor), proclaims that “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labor from and after May 1, 1886.” The resolution received overwhelming support from FOTLU’s affiliated unions, which organized mass demonstrations and strikes in cities across the country.

American Federation of Labor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

American Federation of Labor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

June 11, 1969:  Labor leader John L. Lewis dies.  Born in Cleveland, IA, in 1880 to Welsh immigrant parents, Lewis went to work as a miner when he was a teenager.  He worked as a mine workers’ organizer for the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and went on to serve the president of the United Mine Workers of America for 40 years.  A firm believer in industrial unionism, Lewis formed the predecessor organization to what would become the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).

June 11, 1969

June 11, 1969: Labor leader John L. Lewis dies. Born in Cleveland, IA, in 1880 to Welsh immigrant parents, Lewis went to work as a miner when he was a teenager. He worked as a mine workers’ organizer for the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and went on to serve the president of the United Mine Workers of America for 40 years. A firm believer in industrial unionism, Lewis formed the predecessor organization to what would become the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).

If U.S. Representatives Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and Steve King (R-Iowa) and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have their way, the days of forcing American workers to join a labor union in order to keep their jobs will soon come to an end. These pro-right-to-work lawmakers have sponsored legislation designed to end the practice of forced union membership in the United States. In addition, there are pending lawsuits in lower federal courts, challenging the practice of forced unionism. The legislation…

If U.S. Representatives Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and Steve King (R-Iowa) and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have their way, the days of forcing American workers to join a labor union in order to keep their jobs will soon come to an end. These pro-right-to-work lawmakers have sponsored legislation designed to end the practice of forced union membership in the United States. In addition, there are pending lawsuits in lower federal courts, challenging the practice of forced unionism. The legislation…

Oil canvas of Samuel Gompers from the New-York Historical Society. Samuel Gompers was a key labor union leader, founding the American Federation of Labor.

Oil canvas of Samuel Gompers from the New-York Historical Society. Samuel Gompers was a key labor union leader, founding the American Federation of Labor.

Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters : The First Black Labor Union Chartered By The American Federation Of Labor

Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters : The First Black Labor Union Chartered By The American Federation Of Labor

Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters : The First Black Labor Union Chartered By The American Federation Of Labor

Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters : The First Black Labor Union Chartered By The American Federation Of Labor

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