Today in Labor History: December 8
Twenty-five unions found the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in Columbus, Ohio; Cigarmaker’s union leader Samuel Gompers is elected president. The AFL’s founding document’s preamble reads: “A struggle is going on in all of the civilized world between oppressors and oppressed of all countries, between capitalist and laborer…” – 1886
(There is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America: This thoughtful and highly readable history of the American labor movement traces unionism from the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts in the 1820s to organized labor’s decline in the 1980s and struggle for survival and growth today. Illustrated with dozens of photos, posters and more.)
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Cool Labor Site: Pride at Work
The purpose of Pride At Work, an official constituency group of the AFL-CIO, is to mobilize mutual support between the organized labor movement and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community around organizing for social and economic justice. http://prideatwork.org/