Reverend H.L. Queen attempting to pass through the picket lines outside the Jones and Laughlin Corporation steel plant in Aliquippa, PA, May 13, 1937.
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Steel Worker Biting Picketer During Labor Strike, Aliquippa, Pa.

Credit: Image Donated by Corbis-Bettmann

Passage of the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 and a Supreme Court decision in April 1937 upholding the right of workers to organize into a union "to deal on an equality with their employer," changed millions of American workers" lives. In May 1937, more than 25,000 steel workers won union representation after going out on strike at the Jones and Laughlin plant in Aliquippa, PA. In the first national test of the Wagner Labor Relations Act, J and L then signed a contract with the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC) to represent the plant's 27,000 employees.

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