Today in History
4 December 2011
December 4, 1951 - United Auto Workers President Walter Reuther was elected president of the CIO, the Congress of Industrial Organizations. The CIO organized millions of workers in auto, steel, rubber and other major industries in the 1930s and 1940s. Four years later, Reuther led the CIO into a merger with the American Federation of Labor to form the AFL-CIO. He continued as president of the UAW and was an early leader in bringing together labor and the civil rights movement.