In February of 1896, a group of men who called themselves "Ironworkers" gathered for a founding convention in Pittsburgh and began a rich history within the Labor Movement. Shortly thereafter, Local 10 in Kansas City was born, and reamains to be a major player in labor issues today. The following is a short history of Local 10 and its jurisdiction.
THE MANY LOCALS OF LOCAL 10
The legacy of Local 10 began on March 15th of 1898 when it was granted a charter with the Ironworkers International. It remained an undesignated local until 1915 when it was given the name "Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Ironworkers and Piledrivers". (The Piledrivers designation would prove to be jurisdictionally problematic in the near future.) In 1903, William J. McCain, who was a Business Agent for Local 10 as well as the 2nd Vice President of our International, organized Local 73 which was designated as the " Wood and Pile Drivers Association of Local 10". Local 73 was only the second Pile Drivers local to be organized into our International, however, it was short lived. Their charter was revoked one year later. W.J. McCain was also instrumental in organizing numerous shop locals in Kansas City including locals 152 and 309. He also organized Wichita, KS ironworkers into Local 10A for a short time beginning in 1918.
St. Joseph, MO became part of Local 10's jurisdiction in 1954, however, two locals had previously been established there. In 1903, W.J. McCain organized Local 72 and it was given the designation of "Bridge and Structural Ironworkers". This was the only time in Ironworker history that a local had been given such a designation but its charter was revoked a year later. In 1926, Local 409 was esablished and lasted for two years. Ultimately the membership and jurisdiction of St. Joseph would be absorbed by Local 10.
Local 166 in Springfield MO was chartered in 1915 with 12 members and, once again, was organized by W. J. McCain, Business Agent for Local 10. Local 166 was also short lived as its charter was revoked in 1916. In 1936, eight charter members would once again attempt to form a union in Springfield. Local 497 remained in existance for six years until being incorporated into Local 10 in the early 40's..
Topeka and Pittsburg, KS
In 1918, 10 charter members formed Local 235 in Topeka, KS. Five years later the local would disband, however, Local 368 "Railroad Bridgemen" was established that same year. Local 368 would remain in existence for more than 20 years. During this same time period, 11 ironworkers formed Local 564 in Pittsburg, KS. Eventually the Topeka and Pittsburg jurisdictions became part of Local 10.
Attendees of the Seventh International Convention held in Kansas City in 1903
Local 10 Participants in the Labor Day Parade, 1913