In September of 1940, what is now #USW Local Union 1123 – Golden Lodge held the groundbreaking ceremony for their first union hall. Holding the shovel is Clinton S. Golden, the Northeastern Regional Director of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC) and next to him is then President of the local I.W. Abel who would go on to be District 27 Director and International President from 1965-1977. The first meeting was held there on December 4, 1940. #USWTBT #ThrowbackThursday
President Truman orders the federal seizure of US steel mills on April 8 to avert a nationwide strike. The Supreme Court rules the action illegal on June and CIO workers walk out on June 23 for a strike.
Check out the #Steelworkers first #ThrowbackThursday! Share yours by posting to your networks using #USWTBT OR you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. About the Picture: District 33 coordinated local unions primarily in the iron region of Minnesota and upper peninsula Michigan from 1942 to 1995.
This week's #USWTBT is from Gary Gaines -- SOAR Coordinator from District 7! Pictured is Local Union 1022 in the 1946 Granite City Labor Day Parade. Members of Local Union 1022 worked at General Steel in the Commonwealth Plant. Share you #steelworker history with email@example.com and your submission could be our next #ThrowbackThursday!
#TBT #BlackHistoryMonth Alex Fuller was an active member of Local 1299, who became the first director of the USW Civil Rights Department in 1965. Fuller worked with members of the Ad Hoc Committee in the '60s and '70s to diversify staff and leadership positions within the Union. He was instrumental in restructuring the USW Civil Rights program, and the development of the first Civil Rights manual for Local Unions.