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Lewis, John (2)     $15.00
Lewis, John (2)
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John Lewis (1880-1969) was an American labor leader, President of the United Mine Workers of America (UMW) 1920-60. A major player in the history of coal mining, he was the driving force behind the founding of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), which established the United Steel Workers of America and helped organize millions of other industrial workers in the 1930s. After resigning as head of the CIO in 1941, he took the UMWA out of the CIO in 1942 and in 1944 took the union into the American Federation of Labor (AFL). He played a major role in helping FDR win in a landslide in 1936, but as an isolationist broke with Roosevelt in 1940 on foreign policy. An effective and aggressive fighter and strike leader, he gained high wages for his membership while steamrolling over his opponents, including the US government. A controversial and innovative leader, he is credited for building the industrial unions of the CIO into a political and economic powerhouse to rival the AFL, but was widely reviled for calling nationwide coal strikes in the middle of WW II. In, 1964, 4 years after his retirement from the UMWA, Lewis was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Johnson. As president of the United Mine Workers of America from 1920 through 1960 Lewis had a profound influence on labor laws and working conditions for the American worker. In 1946 he negotiated America's first health and retirement plan for workers. This check from the UMWA has Lewis's imprinted signature on the side. An interesting piece of history.

This John Lewis autograph check reproduction would look great in an album or display.


Lewis, John (2)    

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