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Catalog Number WF 1523
Caption 1938 Marineer Parade entry
Description This American Federation of Labor, Local #2673, parade entry for the 1938 Marineers' Pageant parade is pictured at Causland Park. A flatbed truck has a stand of trees and a model lumber mill built of wood beneath the tree limbs. The sign says, "Lumber and Sawmill Workers Industrial Union of Carpenters and Joiners of America; A. F. of L.; 60,000 members, 6 hour day, 5 day week; Forward to Industrial Democracy." See WF 1524 for a similar view of this truck, WF 1521, 1522 for the reverse side of the truck, and WF 1782 for AFL band. Organized labor appeared in Anacortes soon after the city was founded in 1890. The 10-29-1891 ANACORTES AMERICAN reported the formation of a Longshoreman's Union; see also 9-7-1893 issue. As Anacortes' industrial base grew with the addition of canneries and more mills, organized labor and unions became increasingly important in representing local workers in numerous labor disputes. Many became affiliated with the AFL a federation of labor unions which formed in Pittsburgh in 1881 as the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions. The group reorganized in 1886 and changed its name to the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Its focus was organizing skilled workers in the trade and craft unions. To accomplish this, the AFL created the Committee for Industrial Organization in 1935. The CIO was to spearhead an organizing drive in mass-production industries, which they did. In accomplishing that, they signed up "unskilled workers" along with the skilled. This caused a split and the AFL suspended any unions participating in the CIO. In 1938, the same year this photo9 was taken at Causland Park, the CIO formed its own labor federation known instead as the Congress for Industrial Organizations. In 1955, the CIO formally merged with the AFL and is known today as the AFL-CIO.
Date 1938
Photographer from the BRADY, Ferd collection
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Event - Marineer Pageant
Place - Anacortes, WA
Event - Parade
Transportation - Land
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Marineers' Pageant
American Federation of Labor
Committee for Industrial Organization
Congress for Industrial Organizations
model lumber mill
Object Name Negative