Joseph Curran

Joseph Curran (March 1, 1906 - August 14, 1981) was a merchant seaman and an American labor leader. He was founding president of the National Maritime Union (or NMU, now part of the Seafarers International Union of North America) from 1937 to 1973, and a vice president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).

Read more about Joseph Curran:  Early Life, "SS California" Strike, Formation of NMU, Presidency, Other Roles, Retirement and Death, Family

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