Jones & Laughlin steel mill workers voting for union representation, Aliquippa, PA, May 20, 1937.
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Steel Workers Vote as Government Watches.

Credit: Image Donated by Corbis - Bettmann

In the first test of the Wagner Labor Relations Act, National Labor Relation's Board officials watched as Jones & Laughlin Steel workers voted on whether the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC) should be their sole bargaining agency. During the vote, eight Republic Steel Corporation police officials were arrested for attempting to break up the election. After the successful vote, J&L signed a contract with the SWOC to represent the plant's 27,000 employees.

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