Today in Labor History – November 9th

CIO

200 assembly-line workers at Nash automobile in Kenosha, Wisconsin, walked out in protest of the new piece rates. Owner Charles Nash subsequently locked out all 3,000 workers. Workers at both the Racine and Milwaukee’s Seaman Body plants eventually joined the strike eventually all winning raises of up to 17% and union recognition at each plant – 1933

The Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) was founded on this date in 1935. Important founding members included the Steelworkers, Auto Workers and Textile Workers. The CIO ultimately merged with the American Federation of Labor(AFL) in 1955 to form the AFL-CIO. – 1935

Philip Murray, first president of the United Steelworkers Organizing Committee, first president of the United Steelworkers of America, and president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations for 12 years following the death of John L. Lewis, dies at age 66 – 1952

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