Philip Murray

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Philip Murray

Philip Murray (May 25, 1886 – November 9, 1952) was a Scottish born steelworker and an American labor leader. He was the first president of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC), the first president of the United Steelworkers of America (USWA), and the longest-serving president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).


  • Unions were created to make living conditions just a little better than they were before they were created, and the union that does not manifest that kind of interest in human beings cannot endure, it cannot live.
    • Proceedings of the Constitutional Convention of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, Vol. 14 (1952), p. 232

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