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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.

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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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.

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.

© The Trustees of the British Museum La Café. John James Chalon. Plate 18: inside a cafe, a family of four sitting at a table by windows on the right, eating ice cream or drinking juice, a dog by their side, a waiter in the left background pouring coffee for an old man who is reading with a magnifying glass. 1820 Hand-coloured lithograph

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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…

Vintage Union pins, Labor Union pins, AFL Engineers set pins, American Federation of Labor

Vintage Union pins, Labor Union pins, AFL Engineers set pins, American Federation of Labor by bullseyecollectibles on Etsy

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

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