Craft unions were the earliest American unions.
They unified workers with certain skills in a craft, or trade, for which
it sometimes took years to become proficient. Shoemakers, shipbuilders
and carpenters were among those early skilled-trades workers who belonged
to craft unions. Craft unions were organized under the umbrella of the
American Federation of Labor (AFL) while industrial unions, which organized
all workers in a particular industry, came under the Congress of Industrial
Organizations (CIO). These two organizations merged in 1955 to become
Don Cordell is our Region 8 skilled trades representative.
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