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Amalgamated Association of Street and Electrical Railway Employees of America 1950

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DIVISION 241 1950 JUNE
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An illustration of a trolley with blue text below it and white text on a curved pink stripe above it. The trolley and the blue text are set on a white background. 

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313MFG FORICHAS M.GERAGHTY INC. CHICAGO

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The Amalgamated Association of Street and Electrical Railway Employees of America (AASEREA), Local 241 was chartered on 1 April 1902 in Chicago, Illinois. The AASEREA, itself, was founded ten years before in Indianapolis, Indiana. Street railway employees had been trying to organize since the late 1880s, but it took Samuel Gompers, of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), to become involved to get the union off the ground.  

A likely topic at the June 1950 would have been the union's new pension plan being adopted nationwide. It had been proposed and later awarded to Chicago's 241 and 308 the previous year. The new pension plan was based upon time in the career and overall earnings, rather than a flat amount for all pensioners. 

(Sources: About Local 241. (n.d.). Local 241 Amalgamated Transit Union AFL-CIO/CLC. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from http://transitweb.atu.org/sites/midwest/local241/index.cfm?action=article&articleID=f5a1e1d2-80dd-442c-9b5c-9fd2d5700374; Amalgamated Transit Union Staff. (1992). A history of the Amalgamated Transit Union. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from http://www.atu.org/atu-pdfs/conventiondocs/convention-docs/History-of-the-ATU.pdf.)

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