"The American Federation of Labor (AFL) was the first federation of labor unions in the United States. It was founded in Columbus, Ohio, in May 1886 by an alliance of craft unions disaffected from the Knights of Labor, a national labor association. Samuel Gompers of the Cigar Makers' International Union was elected president of the Federation at its founding convention and was reelected every year except one until his death in 1924" ~~AFL-label.jpg

"The American Federation of Labor (AFL) was the first federation of labor unions in the United States. It was founded in Columbus, Ohio, in May 1886 by an alliance of craft unions disaffected from the Knights of Labor, a national labor association. Samuel Gompers of the Cigar Makers' International Union was elected president of the Federation at its founding convention and was reelected every year except one until his death in 1924" ~~AFL-label.jpg

Cover of American Federation of Labor organizing leaflet which explained to workers their right to organize into unions of their choice, guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act (Wagner Act) of 1935.

Cover of American Federation of Labor organizing leaflet which explained to workers their right to organize into unions of their choice, guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act (Wagner Act) of 1935.

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This two-sided flier from cartoonists on strike featured Mickey Mouse wearing an American Federation of Labor (AFL) button:

This two-sided flier from cartoonists on strike featured Mickey Mouse wearing an American Federation of Labor (AFL) button:

Some Reasons for Chinese Exclusion, a pamphlet produced by the American Federation of Labor, 1901; courtesy of the Bancroft Library, U.C. Berkeley

Some Reasons for Chinese Exclusion, a pamphlet produced by the American Federation of Labor, 1901; courtesy of the Bancroft Library, U.C. Berkeley

Federal Government Economist Calls Indiana Christians ‘Nazis’ - SHE'S A FEDERAL EMPLOYEE -- Since 1998, Elizabeth Ashack has worked as an economist for the US Department of Labor. Sunday, using her Twitter account, this government employee wrote “people in the red states vote for nazis to govern, and then call themselves Christian.” She quickly deleted the Tweet, which was directed at the new religious freed law passed in Indiana.

Federal Government Economist Calls Indiana Christians ‘Nazis’ - SHE'S A FEDERAL EMPLOYEE -- Since 1998, Elizabeth Ashack has worked as an economist for the US Department of Labor. Sunday, using her Twitter account, this government employee wrote “people in the red states vote for nazis to govern, and then call themselves Christian.” She quickly deleted the Tweet, which was directed at the new religious freed law passed in Indiana.

Samuel Gompers, President of the American Federation of Labor, 1908 (Library of Congress)

Samuel Gompers, President of the American Federation of Labor, 1908 (Library of Congress)

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Samuel Gompers was the most prominent figure in the American Labor Movement. He was also the founder and first president of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). (Biography)

Samuel Gompers was the most prominent figure in the American Labor Movement. He was also the founder and first president of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). (Biography)

May 1, 1886:  At its 1884 convention, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions (which became the American Federation of Labor), proclaims that “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labor from and after May 1, 1886.”  The resolution received overwhelming support from FOTLU’s affiliated unions, which organized mass demonstrations and strikes in cities across the country.

May 1, 1886: At its 1884 convention, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions (which became the American Federation of Labor), proclaims that “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labor from and after May 1, 1886.” The resolution received overwhelming support from FOTLU’s affiliated unions, which organized mass demonstrations and strikes in cities across the country.

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The International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids was the first African American labor union chartered by the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Pullman porters, dissatisfied with their treatment by the Chicago-based Pullman Company, sought the assistance of A. Philip Randolph and oth...The International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids was the first African American labor union chartered by the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Pullman porters, dissatisfied…

The International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids was the first African American labor union chartered by the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Pullman porters, dissatisfied with their treatment by the Chicago-based Pullman Company, sought the assistance of A. Philip Randolph and oth...The International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids was the first African American labor union chartered by the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Pullman porters, dissatisfied…

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