Today in Labor History – November 24th

Samuel Gompers

[bctt tweet=”The United Cigar Makers of New York affiliated with the Cigar Makers’ International Union (CMIU) to form CMIU Local 144. Samuel Gompers was elected the first president” username=”VoicesOfLabor”] of the local and served several terms before going on to serve as the international’s vice president. “[W]e are powerless in an isolated condition”, Gompers said, “while the capitalists are united; therefore it is the duty of every Cigar Maker to join the organization”. – 1875

The Chicago newspaper printers’ strike began in opposition to the recently passed anti-labor Taft-Hartley Act. – 1947

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