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45 Days Of Dan Tobin

  • 1908: Growing Strong

    One of Daniel Tobin’s first acts as General President was appointing John M. Gillespie as the first International General Organizer.  Gillespie finished out his term as a Business Agent for Local 25 and began his service on behalf of the International Union in 1908.  Working out of Local 25 headquarters at 165 Causeway Street in South Boston, Gillespie covered the New England and the New York regions, though he often traveled further to help with labor-management and jurisdictional disputes.

  • 1907: A Watershed Year

    Tobin was elected General President of the Teamsters International at the 1907 convention by a margin of just 12 votes out of some 200 delegates. He was 35 years old when he assumed the reins and earned a salary of $1,800 per year. He promised his wife Ann that he would only take the job for a year, hoping that he could achieve union unity in that time.

  • Irish-born Daniel J. Tobin came to the United States in 1889 at the age of 14. A member of Boston's Local 25, Tobin rose from humble beginnings

    Daniel J. Tobin: Teamster Visionary

    Daniel Tobin’s story is in large part the story of the American Labor Movement during the tumultuous first half of the 20th century. For most American workers of the period, earning a living meant toiling for long hours for near slave wages, further burdened by work schedules determined at the employer’s whim. Alternatives to these poor conditions were few and a worker’s efforts to change his or her circumstance put one’s livelihood in jeopardy, with no safety net on which to fall back.


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