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Brotherhood of the Barrel

Brotherhood of the Barrel Chicago Button Museum
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Brotherhood of the Barrel Chicago Fire Fighters Union - Local 2
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Illustration of a black barrel on a tan background with wood planks and yellow flames rising out of the top. Text on barrel is white and text below barrel is black and yellow.

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The term "Brotherhood of the Barrel" was coined during the Chicago Firefighters Strike from February 14 - March 7, 1980. The "Brotherhood" was formed by the striking firefighters that huddled around barrel fires to warm up while picketing outside. This pin was created towards the end of the strike as a rallying point for firefighters to wear in solidarity.

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