Mcmurry, Donald L.
October 1953
ILR Review;Oct53, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p73
Academic Journal
The brotherhoods of operating railroad workers have been distinguished during their long careers by their strict adherence to craft unionism and their nonaffiliation with trade union federations, such as the AFL and CIO. In the 1880's, however, when other groups of workers were experimenting with craft federations and industrial unions, railroad workers were similarly engaged in assaying the merits of these forms of organization. This article discusses the efforts to establish a federation of the brotherhoods and, later, an industrial union of railroad workers.


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