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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
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 ...more

Cesar Chavez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
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 ...more

Asa Philip Randolph is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
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 ...more

Ken Saro-Wiwa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
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. ...more

Gus Hall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Gus Hall was a leader and Chairman of the Communist Party USA and its four-time U.S. presidential candidate. As a labor leader, Hall was closely associated with the so-called "Little ...more

Tom Mooney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Tom Mooney was an American and public school teacher.

James Callaghan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Leonard James Callaghan, Baron Callaghan of Cardiff, KG, PC was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1976 to 1979 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1976 to 1980. Callaghan is to date ...more

Evo Morales is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Juan Evo Morales Ayma, popularly known as Evo, is a Bolivian politician and cocalero activist who has served as President of Bolivia since 2006. Widely regarded as the country's first president ...more

Anil Moonesinghe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Anil Moonesinghe was a Sri Lankan Trotskyist revolutionary politician and trade unionist. He became a member of parliament, a Cabinet Minister, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament and a diplomat. ...more

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is a former politician and the former Prime Minister of Iceland. She became active in the trade union movement, serving as an officer. Elected an MP from ...more

Earl Browder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Earl Russell Browder was an American political activist, functionary and leader of the Communist Party USA. Browder is best remembered as the General Secretary of the CPUSA during the 1930s and ...more

Farrell Dobbs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Farrell Dobbs was an American Trotskyist, trade unionist, politician, and historian.

Wim Kok is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Willem "Wim" Kok, Jr. is a retired Dutch politician of the Labour Party. He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 22 August 1994 until 22 July 2002. A trade union leader by ...more

Randi Weingarten is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Randi Weingarten is an American labor leader, attorney, and educator. She is president of the American Federation of Teachers and a member of the AFL-CIO. She is the former president of the ...more

Gerda Verburg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Gerritje Verburg is a Dutch diplomat and former politician and trade union leader. Since July 1, 2011 she is Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations ...more

Thomas Mooney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Thomas Joseph "Tom" Mooney was an American political activist and labor leader, who was convicted with Warren K. Billings of the San Francisco Preparedness Day Bombing of 1916. ...more

Siaka Stevens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Siaka Probyn Stevens was the third prime minister of Sierra Leone from 1967 to 1971 and the first president of Sierra Leone from 1971 to 1985. Although criticised for his dictatorial rule, ...more

I. T. A. Wallace-Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Isaac Theophilus Akunna Wallace-Johnson was a Sierra Leonean and British West African workers' leader, journalist, activist and politician. Born into a poor Creole family in Sierra Leone, he ...more

Wanja Lundby-Wedin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Wanja Elisabeth Lundby-Wedin was the President of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation from 2000 to 2012. From May 2007 until May 2011, she was the President of the European Trade Union ...more

George Meany is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
William George Meany led labor union federations in the United States. As an officer of the American Federation of Labor, he represented the AFL on the National War Labor Board during World War ...more

Morgan Tsvangirai is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Morgan Richard Tsvangirai is a Zimbabwean politician who was Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 2009 to 2013. He is President of the Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai and a key figure in ...more

James Larkin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
James Larkin was an Irish trade union leader and socialist activist, born to Irish parents in Liverpool, England. He and his family later moved to a small cottage in Burren, southern County ...more

Thokozani Khuphe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Thokozani Khuphe is a Zimbabwean politician and the Vice-President of the Movement for Democratic Change. She was Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 11 February 2009 to August 2013. She is a ...more

Michael Mulgrew is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Michael Mulgrew is the fifth President of the United Federation of Teachers, the trade union of teachers in New York City, New York. The union's executive board elected Mulgrew in July 2009. ...more

Sam Church is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Samuel Morgan Church, Jr. was a coal miner and president of the United Mine Workers of America from 1979 to 1982.

Gladys Bustamante is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Gladys Bustamante, OJ, was a Jamaican workers' and women's rights activist and the widow of Jamaica's first Prime Minister, Sir Alexander Bustamante. Bustamante, a prominent member of the ...more

Brendan O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Brendan Patrick O'Connor, an Australian politician, is a member of the Australian House of Representatives representing Burke between 2001 and 2004 and Gorton since October 2004. O'Connor is a ...more

Albert Risso is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Albert J. Risso, GMH was a Gibraltarian trade unionist and politician. He was the first president of the Association for the Advancement of Civil Rights in Gibraltar.

Tam Yiu-chung is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Tam Yiu-chung, GBS, JP is a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, representing the New Territories West constituency. He was a member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong from 1997 to ...more

Clarence Gillis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Clarence Gillis, MP was a Canadian social democratic politician and trade unionist from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. He was born on Nova Scotia's mainland, but grew-up in Cape Breton. He ...more

Richard William Briginshaw is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Richard William Briginshaw, Baron Briginshaw was a British trade union leader and politician. Born in Brixton, South London to a working-class family, Briginshaw left school at the age of ...more

Paul Keating is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Paul John Keating is an Australian politician who was the 24th Prime Minister of Australia and the Leader of the Labor Party from 1991 to 1996. Born in a working-class Sydney suburb and having ...more

Pepita Carpeña is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Josefa Carpena-Amat, known by the pseudonym Pepita Carpeña, was a militant trade unionist and Spanish anarchist. Born in Barcelona, Spain, Pepita started working at the age of twelve. At ...more

Tom Anzelc is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Thomas "Tom" Anzelc is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, he represents District 5B, ...more

Dennis Van Roekel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Dennis Van Roekel was President of the 3.2 million-member National Education Association. As NEA president, he led the largest labor union in the United States.

Arlene Holt Baker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Arlene Holt Baker is an African American trade union activist and labor leader. A staff assistant with the AFL-CIO since 1995, she was appointed Executive Vice-President of the labor federation ...more

Rose Schneiderman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Rose Schneiderman was a prominent United States labor union leader, socialist, and feminist of the first part of the twentieth century. She is credited with coining the phrase "Bread and ...more

Anna Walentynowicz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Anna Walentynowicz was a Polish free trade union activist. Her firing in August 1980 was the event which ignited the strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, set off a wave of strikes in Poland, ...more

Joe Morris is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Joseph "Joe" Morris, CC was a Canadian trade unionist mostly noted as the president of the Canadian Labour Congress in the 1970s.

Mabel Howard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Mabel Bowden Howard was a well-known New Zealand trade unionist and politician. She was the first woman secretary of a predominantly male union. She was a Member of Parliament for the Labour ...more

Savumiamoorthy Thondaman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Savumiamoorthy Thondaman also spelled Saumyamurthy Thondaman was a Sri Lankan politician who represented the Indian Tamils of Sri Lanka of which he was a member. At the time of his death, he was ...more

Lee Cheuk-yan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Lee Cheuk-yan is a pan-democracy member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, representing the New Territories West constituency. He is a trade union leader and General Secretary of the Hong ...more

Brenda Dean is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Brenda Dean, Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde PC, FRSA is a British trade unionist and politician. She began her career as a trade unionist as a teenager, becoming President of the print union ...more

James Duncan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
James Duncan James Duncan was a Scottish American union leader, and president of the Granite Cutters' International Association from 1885 until his death in 1928. He was an influential member of the American ...more

Karen Harrison is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Karen Harrison was the first woman in Britain to be appointed as a train driver, during which time she was an active trade unionist and political campaigner.

Jack McPhillips is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Leslie John "Jack" McPhillips was an Australian communist and trade unionist. He joined the Communist Party of Australia in 1929. Jack was one of the early generation of CPA union ...more

Wong Kwok-hing is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Wong Kwok-hing Wong Kwok-hing, BBS, MH is a Hong Kong trade unionist and a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, representing the New Territories West constituency from 2008 to 2012, and representing ...more

Paul Lennon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Paul Anthony Lennon is an Australian Labor Party politician. He was Premier of Tasmania from 21 March 2004 until his resignation on 26 May 2008. He was member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly ...more

M. S. Sellasamy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Muthu Sangaralingam Sellasamy is a Sri Lankan politician, former member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka and former government minister.

Santiago Iglesias is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Trade Unionists
Santiago Iglesias Pantín, a supporter of statehood for Puerto Rico, was the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico in the U.S. Congress from 1933 to 1939, a period that saw significant ...more