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Inventory of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Pacific Division, No. 110 Collection, 1869-1933
MS 22  
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The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers was organized on May 8, 1863, in Detroit by engineers on Michigan railroads. Organized in divisions, the Brotherhood soon attracted engineers from railroads throughout the Midwest and east. Later in the decade and in the 1870s and 1880s, membership spread to lines in the west. The Brotherhood provided insurance for its members as well as representation in dealings with management. Engineers participated in serious strikes in 1877 and 1888, the latter action resulting in serious setbacks for the Brotherhood.
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