Knights of labor

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a secret organization whose professed purpose is to secure and maintain the rights of workingmen as respects their relations to their employers.

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By contrast, reformist bodies, like the Knights of Labour, which channel opposition into representational hierarchies, produce inert social actors and regressive institutions.
One of the first international and industrial unions to operate in Canada was the Knights of Labour. Formed in Philadelphia in 1869, the Knights organized both unskilled workers and those who belonged to particular trades and crafts.
In reference to the stablemen, he declared, "I know where I stand in the law, and if they go out and leave the horses standing there to starve I will have them arrested for cruelty to animals." (60) According to the Mail, he said, "I will run the road independent of the Knights of Labour or will perish in the attempt." (61) Strong words but in line with the views of a great many employers in the late 19th century who insisted on their right to command their businesses and employees untrammeled by unions.