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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Les grevistes menes par les Knights of Labor ont exerce l'autodiscipline en faisant du piquetage de maniere a obtenir le soutien de la communaute et a vaincre les mesures imposees par leur employeur antisyndical.
The Knights of Labor had been founded in 1869 and its membership was largely Catholic.
When a brutally unjust, laissez-faire capitalism still held sway in industrialized countries, Cardinal James Gibbons of Baltimore wrote an influential letter to Pope Leo XIII in 1887 defending the Knights of Labor, the largest labor organization of the time.
The Knights of Labor made similar claims when they supported the NGCU, resolving that no " K.
And for a brief time groups like the Noble and Holy Order of the Knights of Labor succeeded in uniting disparate groups under the leadership of men like Uriah S.
Though their methods differed, both the Knights of Labor and the American Federation of Labor (AFL) that later supplanted it sought to create among workers the equivalent of the small-town, autonomous proprietors that Thomas Jefferson and others lauded as critical for the functioning of American democracy.
The Chinese Empire contains 600,000,000 inhabitants," read an 1878 Knights of Labor leaflet.
In 1886, 5,000 members of the Knights of Labor conducted the first major strike, against the Iron Mountain Railroad in Arkansas.
In 1886 the largest labor organization in the United States was the Knights of Labor.
27) Maynard applauds the effort of Cardinal James Gibbons to have the Knights of Labor exempted from the Vatican's ban on secret soci eties, and he claims that the Vatican reversed itself for the first time because of Gibbons's representations.
Similarly, a ll the familiar union histories are reviewed, including those of the Knights of Labor, the Industrial Workers of the World, the Homestead and Pullman strikes, and the formation of the AFL-CIO itself.
The Knights of Labor was a Labor union that believed society should be run by consumer and worker cooperatives, not by banks and for-profit corporations.