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April 14, 2024

Today in 1934
The Toledo (Ohio) Auto-Lite strike begins today with 6,000 workers demanding union recognition and higher pay. The strike is notable for a five-day running battle in late May between the strikers and 1,300 members of the Ohio National Guard. Known as the “Battle of Toledo,” the clash left two strikers dead and more than 200 injured. The two-month strike, a win for the workers’ union, is regarded by many labor historians as one of the nation’s three most important strikes. ~ Labor Tribune

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T.A. Stowers, Founding Convention Delegate
Updated On: Feb 05, 2024

During Black History Month, we remember the Black Teamsters who were part of the original conventions forming the Team Drivers International Union in 1898 and its spin-off, The National Teamsters Union, in 1902.

T.A. Stowers, a Black delegate from Chicago was a leading voice at the 1903 convention to create the Teamsters Union and helped write our Constitution.

Stowers was the force behind adopting a creed vastly different from other unions, allowing members of any race, creed, gender or religion into the Teamsters.  ~Via Teamsters on X

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