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June 20, 1893

aruphotoThe American Railway Union (ARU) is founded in Chicago by locomotive fireman Eugene V. Debs and other railway workers. The ARU was an industrial union for railway workers, regardless of craft or service. Within a year, the ARU had 125 locals and very quickly grew to become the country’s largest union.

March 13, 1919

la21j4Delegates from most union locals in western Canada decide to hold a referendum on forming an independent revolutionary industrial union. The vote showed overwhelming support and in early June, the One Big Union was launched. Thousands of workers joined, including large parts of the mine, transportation, and logging labor force. At its peak in 1920, the OBU had close to 50,000 members.

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