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).
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.
#Media #Oligarchs #MegaBanks vs #Union #Occupy #BLM 41 Years Ago American Federation of Labor United With Congress of Industrial Organizations To Form AFL-CIO https://www.britannica.com/topic/American-Federation-of-Labor-Congress-of-Industrial-Organizations American Federation of Labor–Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), American federation of autonomous labour unions formed in 1955 by the merger of the AFL (founded 1886), which originally organized workers in craft…
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 union label poster in the early 1900s. While the AFL was deemed too conservative and too much a part of the establishment by many workers and labor activists, it still played an ongoing role as a promoter and protector of the workers' interests. Another important labor union was the ILGWU - International Ladies Garment Workers, which led the reforms following the tragic Triangle fire.