Central Labor Union (1896)

Labor Organizations - historic

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)





423 G St NW

Typographical Temple

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.