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June 11, 1969


Labor leader John L. Lewis dies. Born in Cleveland, IA, in 1880 to Welsh immigrant parents, Lewis went to work as a miner when he was a teenager. He worked as a mine workers’ organizer for the American Federation of Labor (AFL) 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 (CIO).


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  2. Lonny Deel on said:

    Mr Lewis was no fence rider! He was always on the side of the working class. I hear people today say about union’s “Well things are diffrent now!” I think yes it is! Dirrectly because men like Mr Lewis paving a better life for workers! He had to do this in some of the worst times ever.
    Being from the coal fields of Virginia and a former Miner I cannot erase the acts by the coal companies communist labor camps!
    One incident I remember is a to some people “a military pilot recruited by a coal money bought governor to drop bombs on women and children in a strike tent camp. This did not happen in europe it happened right hear in America. Pilot Billy Mitchell a so called war hero bombed a camp in West Virginia for the Governor and coal companies! He was never tried however many were killed and maimed. A bomb that failled to explode was presented in court as evidence only to be a slap on the hand sentence! This is why we need unions!

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