Today in Labor History

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February 12, 1880


Labor leader John L. Lewis is born in Cleveland, Iowa, to Welsh immigrant parents.  Lewis began working as a miner when he was a teenager, worked as a mine workers’ organizer for the American Federation of Labor, and went on to serve the president of the United Mine Workers of America for 40 years. A firm believer in industrial unionism, Lewis formed the predecessor organization to what would become the Congress of Industrial Organizations.


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