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|UNITED STEELWORKERS OF AMERICA CIO. DUES PAID BY 1952 CHECK OFF
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The United Steelworker of America (USW) is one of the most famous, and largest, unions in United States History. The union began in 1942 when the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers met with the Steel Workers Organization Committee to form a new unified union of steelworkers. The organization grew over time as more metal-related workers joined including the Aluminium Workers of America in 1944. One of the early major victories for the USW was gaining pensions for workers at Bethlehem Steel in Maryland. In 1952, the first president of the USW, Phillip Murray, passed away. The USW, recently, merged with a British labor organization making it the first Trans-Atlantic trade union since the mid-1930s. Today, the union has nearly a million members, is very active politically, has dramatically expanded the base that it represents and shows no signs of slowing down.
This button refers to dues being paid by 'check off'. This means that the dues paid by unions members are simply taken directly from their pay check.