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    Teamster History: 1934, Minneapolis Teamsters Vote to Strike All Trucking Companies

    Posted: May 15, 2015 Source: Teamster Nation It was springtime in Minneapolis during a year when the American labor movement was making itself known in radical fashion throughout the country. The year was 1934, a time when labor unrest was not simply defined by strikes and civil disobedience. Police batons were wielded at workers, live […]

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    Teamster History: 1920, The Death of Annie Reagan Tobin

    Posted: May 11, 2015 Source: Teamster.org In August of 1920, Tobin’s wife of 30 years, Annie Reagan Tobin, died unexpectedly from complications caused by undiagnosed diabetes. Annie had been at their small summer house in South Massachusetts when Dan received the terrible news at his room in the Indianapolis Grand Hotel. He rushed back to […]

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    Teamster History: 1919, The Delegate

    Posted: May 4, 2015 Source: Teamster Nation Throughout the war, AFL President Samuel Gompers served by President Woodrow Wilson as representative to the Advisory Committee of the Council of National Defense (1917 to 1919), on which he helped to establish an unprecedented wartime labor policy that clearly laid out government support for independent trade unions […]

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    Teamster History: 1918, The War at Home

    Posted: May 4, 2015 Source: Teamster.org The war brought about unavoidable social changes. New inventions and technologies included both marvels and horrors, and seemed to emphasize and quicken the pace of the world’s move into the “modern age.” Industry was changing across the globe and, in order for the U.S. to stay competitive, Tobin was […]

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    Teamster History: 1917, WWI

    Posted: April 28, 2015 Source: Teamster.org Tobin, along with 79 international union presidents, met with members of the AFL executive council in March 1917, a month before the United States entered the war, to pledge their support to the war effort (should war happen).  The decision to extend support to the Wilson administration was in […]

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    Teamster History: 1916, The Advocate

    Posted: April 28, 2015 Source: Teamster.org Tobin’s vision for the future of the union and his goals for improving the lives of members helped push the Teamsters to the forefront on every major issue in the 20th century and made the union a leader in the labor movement. As editor of the International Teamster, Tobin […]

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    Teamster History: 1915, Life in Indianapolis

    Posted: April 25, 2015 Source: Teamster.org The International Headquarters in Indianapolis was a modest building with only a few employees, including General President Tobin and General Secretary-Treasurer Hughes. Tobin and Hughes worked in lockstep to grow the union nationwide. Both men were extremely proud that the International was financially secure, and both men are credited […]

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    Labor History: Have you ever heard of the Ludlow Massacre? You might be shocked when you see what happened.

    Posted: April 24, 2015 Source: Upworthy The early 1900s were a time of great social upheaval in our country. During the years leading up to the Ludlow Massacre, miners all around the country looking to make a better life for themselves and their families set up picket lines, organized massive parades and rallies, and even […]

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    Teamster History, 1914: The Clayton Act

    Posted: April 23, 2015 Source: Teamster.org In September of 1914, President Woodrow Wilson addressed the Teamsters Convention. This event was a major milestone for Tobin and the Teamsters. The union was now a key player in the political realm and a powerful force in the labor movement. Although a frequent critic of the president during […]

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    Teamster History: 1913, Waiting For A Living Wage

    Posted: April 18, 2015 Source: Teamster.org On March 4, 1913 just a few hours before Woodrow Wilson took office, President William H. Taft signed into law the act that gave birth to the Department of Labor. Not much fanfare was given to this historical act due to it being the Inauguration Day for President Woodrow […]