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Knights of Labor

A labor union founded in 1869. It reached its heyday in the 1880s when its size overreached its capacity. It finally dissolved in 1949. The Knights pushed for an eight-hour work day and the abolition of child labor. Some of their affiliates were early adopters of desegregation. The Knights opposed socialism.
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The Knights of Labor had been founded in 1869 and its membership was largely Catholic.
The Knights of Labor made similar claims when they supported the NGCU, resolving that no " K.
The first unofficial Labor Day celebration was orchestrated by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor in New York City on Sept.
This is a story with familiar highlights, such as Terence Powderly's leadership in the Knights of Labor, the unparalleled influence of Monsignor John Ryan, and the Catholic labor schools and the priests who organized them.
And for a brief time groups like the Noble and Holy Order of the Knights of Labor succeeded in uniting disparate groups under the leadership of men like Uriah S.
Though their methods differed, both the Knights of Labor and the American Federation of Labor (AFL) that later supplanted it sought to create among workers the equivalent of the small-town, autonomous proprietors that Thomas Jefferson and others lauded as critical for the functioning of American democracy.
In 1886, 5,000 members of the Knights of Labor conducted the first major strike, against the Iron Mountain Railroad in Arkansas.
Both the Knights of Labor, which was a major player from the early 1870s through the early 1890s, and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), whose star shone from 1905 through 1918, had better records on confronting white supremacy (and patriarchy).
27) Maynard applauds the effort of Cardinal James Gibbons to have the Knights of Labor exempted from the Vatican's ban on secret soci eties, and he claims that the Vatican reversed itself for the first time because of Gibbons's representations.
Similarly, a ll the familiar union histories are reviewed, including those of the Knights of Labor, the Industrial Workers of the World, the Homestead and Pullman strikes, and the formation of the AFL-CIO itself.
It had happened in 1886 under the Knights of Labor.
The Knights of Labor was a Labor union that believed society should be run by consumer and worker cooperatives, not by banks and for-profit corporations.