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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.

Today in Labor History - November 22nd - The district president of the American Federation of Labor and two other white men were shot and killed in Bogalusa, Alabama as they attempted to assist an African-American organizer working to unionize African-American workers at the Great Southern Lumber Co. – 1919

`The necessity of organization': Mary Kenney O'Sullivan, the American Federation of Labor, and the Boston Women's Trade Union League, 1892--1919.

Coal mining vintage photo. Getting coal out of a "COALBANK" as they were called. A little cave on their own land,that was full of coal.


The American Federation of Labor (AFL) remains in history as the first federation of labor unions in the US.


Samuel Gompers, President of the American Federation of Labor, 1908 (Library of Congress) My ship was named for this man.

from Today in Labor History

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).


A federal judge blocked the overtime rule of the Obama admin that would have helped millions of Americans. When it happened, Republicans were overjoyed.