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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.

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"The American Federation of Labor (AFL) was the first federation of labor unions in the United States. It was founded in Columbus, Ohio, in May 1886 by an alliance of craft unions disaffected from the Knights of Labor, a national labor association. Samuel Gompers of the Cigar Makers' International Union was elected president of the Federation at its founding convention and was reelected every year except one until his death in 1924" ~~AFL-label.jpg

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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).

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December 5 – The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge to become the AFL-CIO.

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race - Chinese labor How are you all this morning? Enjoying yourselves? Well, that’s nice and all, but let’s change the mood by delving into the legacy of American racism. Here is the 1908 pamphlet by American Federation of Labor president Samuel Gompers and Herman Gutstadt, “Meat vs. Rice: American Manhood against Asiatic Coolieism, Which Will Survive.” And really, …

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Photos From The 1941 Disney Artist Strike That Changed The Studio Forever

This two-sided flier from cartoonists on strike featured Mickey Mouse wearing an American Federation of Labor (AFL) button:

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.

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#Media #Oligarchs #MegaBanks vs #Union #Occupy #BLM Today in Labor History – January 8th http://voicesoflabor.com/2017/01/08/today-labor-history-january-8th-4/ Mary Kenney O’Sullivan (1864-1943) was born on this date in Hannibal, Missouri. O’Sullivan was the first American Federation of Labor (AFL) woman organizer. She also organized the Woman’s Bookbinder Union in 1880 and was a founder of the National Women’s Trade Union League (WTUL) in 1903. – 1864 The largest slave revolt in U.S…

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.

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