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In today’s labor history, on this date in 1894, representatives from the American Federation of Labor, the Knights of Labor, populists, railroad brotherhoods and other trade unions held a unity conference in St. Louis but failed to overcome their differences.
Today’s labor quote is by John L. Lewis, who died on this date in 1969. A legendary figure, he was president of the United Mine Workers from 1920 to 1960 and a driving force behind the formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, or CIO.
John L. Lewis, who said:
“It is a sad commentary upon our form of government when every decision of the Supreme Court seems designed to fatten capital and starve and destroy labor.”
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