Today in labor history: Steel Workers founded in Pittsburgh

On this day in 1936, the Steel Workers Organizing Committee was founded in Pittsburgh, Pa. by Phillip Murray, John L. Lewis, and nine other labor organizers.

Within a year of its inception, over 125,000 people had joined the union, rallying and demonstrating worldwide for the raising of wages to $5 per day.

The Steel Workers Organizing Committee would eventually evolve into the United Steelworkers of America: it disbanded at a convention held in Cleveland, Ohio in 1942, upon which time the USW was founded, with Murray being installed as the new union’s president.

Photo: John L. Lewis (left) and Phillip Murray. AP



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