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American Federation Of Grain Millers

American Federation of Grain Millers Club Button Museum
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AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GRAIN MILLERS JAN. FEB. MAR. 1949 A.F. OF L. INTERNATIONAL
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Bullseye with alternating purple and white with contrastin text color, the innermost circle contains images of a bundle of wheat, a bag of grain, and a box of flour.

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WESTERN BADGE AND NOVELTY CO. ST. PAUL, MINN. above labor seal on white paper.

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The American Federation of Grain Millers (AFGM) unofficially began at the start of the 1880s and grew larger. A number of small unions came together in 1936 to form the National Council of Grain Processors under the American Federation of Labor (AFL). In 1941 the council was rebranded as the American Federation of Grain processors and again 1948 to become the AFGM.

The AFGM merged with the Bakery, Confectionery, and Tobacco Workers International Union in 1999 to form the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) which is still active today. The Bakery, Confectionery, and Tobacco Workers International Union was officially formed in the 1960s but the unions that merged to create it also began in the 1880s.  Today the BCTHM has over 100,000 members and continues strong.

The purpose for the word international in the various unions is there to include Canadian labor forces within the unions. 'Union Companies' include Kraft Foods and Russell Stover among others.

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CL0113
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