Tag Archives: Central Labor Union

Parade Banners

During the parade through Manhattan on September 5th 1882, many banners were carried reflecting the range of interests of the participants. Some were unifying generic slogans reflecting the fact that it was a labor march, for example:Among these were: All … Continue reading

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Robert Blissert

Robert Blissert, a Irish-born tailor and trade unionist, emigrated from England in the late 1860s having been blacklisted in Britain for his union activities. He was a prominent activist and orator in New York through the 1870s and 1880s in … Continue reading

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Matthew Maguire

Matthew Maguire – a machinist from Paterson, New Jersey – was usually secretary of the organizations he joined and rarely appeared on the front line of the agitation he supported. If he stood on the platform, he was likely to … Continue reading

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Labor Day

Within a few months of its establishment in early 1882, the Central Labor Union of New York and Vicinity (CLU), having acquired 50 federated organizations and 50,000 affiliated members, felt confident to take the step that would put it, and … Continue reading

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