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Bridges, Alfred Bryant Renton

Born: 1901 AD
Died: 1990 AD

1901 – He was born on the 28th of July in Kensington, near Melbourne, Vic, Australia.

1920 – He immigrated to US.

1921 – He joined Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

1933 – He organized San Francisco local of International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA).

1934 – He led longshoremen’s strike in San Francisco, evolving into three-day general strike.

1935 – He organized seven West Coast ILA locals into Maritime Federation of the Pacific.

1936 – He led five-month strike by Maritime Federation (unauthorized by ILA), then broke with ILA and led Maritime Federation into Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).

1937 – He re-organized Maritime Federation as International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union (ILWU).

         – He became 1st president of International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union.

1938 – He ordered deported by Frances Perkins, but order overturned 1939.

1940 – He ordered deported by House of Representatives and Francis Biddle, but vindicated by Supreme Court.

1949-1950 – He indicted and convicted of perjury for having denied Communist Party membership in oath of naturalization, and sentenced to seven years in prison (conviction overturned on appeal).

1990 – He died on the 30th of March in San Francisco, Calif., U.S.