Central Labor Union (1896)

423 G St NW
Typographical Temple
Washington, DC, US

Category: Labor Organizations - historic

Used in the following map:

DC Labor Map

The current Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO, traces its roots to a March 23, 1897 meeting of delegates from ten unions: granite-cutters, carpenters, electrical workers, bricklayers, bakers, stereotypers, musicians, cigar-makers, typographical workers, and plumbers. Milford Spohn, of the Bricklayers' Union, was elected the 1st President. Just three years later, the Central Labor Union boasted 42 unions representing 12,000 members. The CLU was originally chartered as the Washington Branch of the AF of L.
- MWC centennial history book (KM)