Central Labor Union (1880-1896)

Labor Organizations - historic

For several years, the CLU -- the forerunner of the modern Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO -- co-existed with another city-wide labor organization, District Assembly 66 of the Knights of Labor (see 16); in fact, both organizations met at the same location, 4 ½ & Pennsylvania, the CLU on Tuesday nights, DA 66 on Thursdays. Eventually, DA 66 was dissolved but this would not be the last time there would be parallel citywide labor organizations:





4 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave NW

DC Labor Map

Welcome to the DC Labor Map! Here you can find both current and historic labor sites in Washington, DC, including union hotels, restaurants, international and local union organizations, labor art and historic labor sites. You can use it for an online virtual tour of DC labor, or to plan your visit to our nation’s capital.
CLICK ON "LEGEND" at right to view categories; TO CHOOSE A SPECIFIC CATEGORY just click on it and only those sites will be shown.
We welcome your comments and suggestions: click on the “comments” tab at the bottom of the map. The DC Labor Map is a project of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO: primary research was done by Chris Garlock, Jon Garlock and Lisa Garlock; contributors include: Saul Schniderman, Peter Winch and Fhar Miess.