United Mine Workers founded January 25, 1890

Lest our legislators forget, Iowa has a strong and lengthy history of labor activity. The working families of Iowa will not forget how you turned your back on the very people that power Iowa’s economic engine.

I have pleaded (labor’s) case, not in the quavering tones of a feeble mendicant asking alms, but in the thundering voice of the captain of a mighty host, demanding rights to which free men are entitled.”

John L. Lewis of Lucas, Iowa, a founding father of the United Mine Workers.

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