On this date in 1869, William Sylvis died. Sylvis is best remembered as a founder of the Iron Molders' International Union and the National Labor Union, the latter being one of the first American union federations attempting to unite workers of various crafts into a single national organization.
The founding convention of the National Labor Union in August 1866, was attended by 60 delegates, representing 43 local unions, 11 trade assemblies, four Eight-hour Leagues, and two national or international unions. Ironically, Sylvis was unable to attend the gathering due to illness. He became president of the National Labor Union in 1868 and advocated international labor cooperation and independent political action. At the time of his death at the age of 41, he was urging the formation of a national Labor Reform party.
Today’s Labor Quote: William Sylvis "I love this Union cause. I hold it more dear than I do my family or my life. I am willing to devote to it all that I am or have or hope for in this world."
ALL we nee you to read the attached from Dominic Bonaiuto of Mr. Connolly (Virginia Congressman) office and contact your Congressmen and have them sign onto this Dear Colleague about "Co-sponsor an alternative to yet another Federal employee pay freeze Continued assaults"...there are only 41 cosponsors as of today and we need more, so contact your Congressmen and have them sign onto this ASAP...thanks & Keep The Faith, Terry