Joseph Beirne
Joseph Beirne was president of the National Federation of Telephone Workers in the 1940s and transformed the loose confederation into a powerful union--The Communications Workers of America.. As president of the National Federation of Telephone Workers, Beirne led organizing drives into the anti-union South and organized several companies, including giant Bell South. As the first CWA president, he aggressively sought equal pay for the union's large constituency of women workers.
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