Samuel Gompers Biography

Samuel Gompers was an English-born American cigar maker who became a Georgist labor union leader and a key figure in American labor history. Gompers founded the American Federation of Labor, and served as the organization's president from 1886 to 1894 and from 1895 until his death in 1924. He promoted harmony among the different craft unions that comprised the AFL, trying to minimize jurisdictional battles. He promoted "thorough" organization and collective bargaining to secure shorter hours and higher wages, the first essential steps, he believed, to emancipating labor. He also encouraged the AFL to take political action to "elect their friends" and "defeat their enemies". During World War I, Gompers and the AFL openly supported the war effort, attempting to avoid strikes and boost morale while raising wage rates and expanding membership. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Samuel Gompers
Nationality:
United Kingdom
Profession:
Labor Union Leader
Ethnicity:
Jewish people
Date of Birth:
January 27, 1850
Astrological Sign:
Aquarius
Date of Death:
December 13, 1924
Age at Death:
74
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