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List of famous trade unionists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top trade unionists in the world? This includes the most prominent trade unionists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable trade unionists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic trade unionists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned trade unionists.

This list contains people like Cesar Chavez and Jimmy Hoffa.

From reputable, prominent, and well known trade unionists to the lesser known trade unionists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the trade unionist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous trade unionists ever?" and "What are the names of famous trade unionists?" then you're in the right place. (68 items)
Jimmy Hoffa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
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James Riddle "Jimmy" Hoffa was an American labor union leader who vanished in late July 1975, aged 62. He is widely believed to have been murdered. Hoffa was a union activist from a young age, and was an important regional figure with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union by his mid-twenties. By 1952, Hoffa had risen to national vice-president of the IBT and served as the union's general president between 1958 and 1971. He secured the first national agreement for teamsters' rates in 1964, and played a major role in the growth and development of the union which eventually became the largest union in the United States with over 1.5 million members at its peak, during his terms as ...more

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Cesar Chavez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
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Cesar Chavez was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association. A Mexican American, Chavez became the best known Latino American civil rights activist, and was strongly promoted by the American labor movement, which was eager to enroll Hispanic members. His public-relations approach to unionism and aggressive but nonviolent tactics made the farm workers' struggle a moral cause with nationwide support. By the late 1970s, his tactics had forced growers to recognize the UFW as the bargaining agent for 50,000 field workers in California and Florida. However, by the mid-1980s membership in the UFW had ...more

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Asa Philip Randolph is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
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Asa Philip Randolph was a leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, the American labor movement, and socialist political parties. He organized and led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first predominantly African American labor union. In the early Civil Rights Movement, Randolph led the March on Washington Movement, which convinced President Franklin D. Roosevelt to issue Executive Order 8802 in 1941, banning discrimination in the defense industries during World War II. The group then successfully pressured President Harry S. Truman to issue Executive Order 9981 in 1948, ending segregation in the armed services. In 1963, Randolph was the head of the March on ...more

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Ken Saro-Wiwa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
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Kenule "Ken" Beeson Saro Wiwa was a Nigerian writer, television producer, environmental activist, and winner of the Right Livelihood Award and the Goldman Environmental Prize. Saro-Wiwa was a member of the Ogoni people, an ethnic minority in Nigeria whose homeland, Ogoniland, in the Niger Delta has been targeted for crude oil extraction since the 1950s and which has suffered extreme environmental damage from decades of indiscriminate petroleum waste dumping. Initially as spokesperson, and then as president, of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, Saro-Wiwa led a nonviolent campaign against environmental degradation of the land and waters of Ogoniland by the operations of the ...more

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