Today in Labor History – November 24th

Samuel Gompers

Samuel Gompers

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 Click To Tweet 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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