Today in Labor History – December 11th

A small group of black farmers organized the Colored Farmers’ National Alliance and Cooperative Union in Houston County, Texas. They had been barred from membership in the all-white Southern Farmers’ Alliance. Through intensive organizing, along with merging with another black farmers group, the renamed Colored Alliance in 1891 claimed a membership of 1.2 million. – […]

Today in Labor History – December 8th

Samuel Gompers 25 unions, representing 316,469 members, founded the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in Columbus, Ohio; Cigar Maker’s union leader Samuel Gompers was elected president. The AFL grew out of the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions, which started in 1881 in Pittsburgh. The AFL’s founding document’s preamble reads: “A struggle is going on in […]

Today in Labor History – December 7th

Heywood Broun Heywood Broun, journalist, and founder of the American Newspaper Guild (now The Newspaper Guild – Communications Workers of America), was born on this day in Brooklyn, New York. “Appeasers,” Broun said, “believe that if you keep on throwing steaks to a tiger, the tiger will become a vegetarian.” – 1888 Eleven representatives from local […]