LITTLE STEEL STRIKE OF 1937 Steel workers in Warren, Ohio take part in the "Little Steel" strike involving several small mills in the Midwest who refuse to sign a union contract. Passenger POVs from a train and an airplane bringing in food and supplies to protestors who refuse to leave the plants. Production continues in some instances but tensions are on the rise.
GOVERNOR CLOSES JOHNSTOWN STEEL MILL As the strike against Little Steel companies refusing to sign union contracts spreads to Johnstown, Pennsylvania Governor George H. Earle steps in with a heavy hand. He closes the Cambria plant of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation and declares Martial Law despatching state police to oversee the situation.
FORD WORKERS ATTEND CIO MEETING Some 15,000 Detroit, Michigan Ford auto plant employees attend a Congress of Industrial Organizations (C.I.O) meeting to plan massive strikes to bring unionization to the industry.
CONGRESSMEN CHASED OUT OF JERSEY CITY Congressmen Jerry J. O'Connell and John T. Bernard leave Washington D.C. to speak out against Jersey City Mayor Frank Hague and his attacks against critics and the C.I.O. labor union. A crowd of 30,000 greet the congressmen with a massive demonstration showing their support of Mayor Hague.
CONGRESSMAN CHASED OUT OF JERSEY CITY As Congressmen Jerry O’Connell's car arrives in Jersey City it is surrounded by an angry mob after arriving to speak out against the town's Mayor Frank Hague. The good congressman ends up having to leave before things turn too ugly.
KENTUCKY AFL-CIO UNION INDUSTRIES SHOW The AFL-CIO Union Industries Show opens at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville. I.A.T.S.E. Union President Richard F. Walsh opens the exhibit featuring booths for trade unions.
A.F.L. AND C.I.O. MERGE TO BECOME ONE - 1955 The American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) labor unions merge to become the world's largest free labor organization with 16 million members. Delegates hail new leaders President George Meany and Vice-President Walter Reuther while U.S. President Eisenhower praises the merger.
Date: December 5, 1955 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: BetaSP Length: 00:01:46:00, With Audio
INDUSTRIAL CODE Eric Johnson, President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, William Green, President of the American Federation of Labor, and Philip Murray, President of the C.I.O. sign a code committing management and labor to joint national interests in the post-war period. Mr. Johnson explains the action in a statement.
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