- born Jan. 27, 1850, London, Eng.died Dec. 13, 1924, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.British-born U.S. labour leader, first president of the American Federation of Labor (AFL).He immigrated to New York City with his family in 1863, where he became a cigar maker and a union organizer. Known for his opposition to radicalism, Gompers argued that unions should avoid political involvement and focus on economic goals, bringing about change through strikes and boycotts. He stressed the primacy of the national organization over local and international affiliations, and he emphasized the need for written contracts. In 1886 he led the national organization of cigar makers out of the Knights of Labor to form the AFL, of which he served as president from 1886 to 1924 (except 1895). See also AFL-CIO.Samuel Gompers, 1911.By courtesy of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
* * *▪ American labour leaderborn January 27, 1850, London, Englanddied December 13, 1924, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.American labour leader and first president of the American Federation of Labor (American Federation of Labor–Congress of Industrial Organizations) (AFL).Gompers emigrated in 1863 from England to New York City, where he took up his father's trade of cigar making and in 1872 became a naturalized citizen. His careful leadership of labour interests earned Gompers a reputation for conservatism. In a period when the United States was bitterly hostile to labour organizations, he developed the principles of “voluntarism,” which called for unions to exert coercion by economic actions—that is, through strikes and boycotts. In 1886 Gompers fostered the separation of the cigar makers and other craft unions (craft union) from the Knights of Labor to form the AFL, of which he was president from 1886 to 1924 (except for one year, 1895). He distrusted intellectual reformers, fearing their influence would divert labour's efforts away from economic goals. To make unionism respectable as a bulwark against radicalism and irresponsible strikes, he encouraged binding written trade agreements and advocated the primacy of national organizations over both local unions and international affiliations.Gompers kept the AFL politically neutral until pressed by employer tactics, including an open-shop drive, and by federal court injunctions that greatly weakened labour's economic weapons, such as the strike, picket line, and boycott. The Democratic presidential platform of 1908 included an anti-injunction plank; hence, Gompers supported William Jennings Bryan (Bryan, William Jennings)'s unsuccessful presidential candidacy. Better political conditions for labour would follow: the victory of Woodrow Wilson (Wilson, Woodrow) in 1912 brought the creation of a U.S. cabinet post for labour (1913), followed by the Clayton Antitrust Act (1914) and passage of the Adamson Act (1916), which established the eight-hour workday for interstate railroad workers.Gompers is noted for having shifted the primary goal of American unionism away from social issues and toward the “bread and butter” issues of wages, benefits, hours, and working conditions, all of which could be negotiated through collective bargaining. Gompers's AFL became the model of unionism in the United States, achieving economic goals through national trade unions that organized a network of locals and supported them.
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