Steuben, John

Steuben, John (b. Itzak Rijock)

(1906–57) union organizer, radical activist, labor editor; born in Brailov, Ukraine. After he emigrated to America with his father (1923), little is known of his life until he became active in the American labor movement in the 1930s. He was an organizer for the Communist-run Steel and Metal Workers Industrial Union (1930s) and played a major role in the "Little Steel" Strike (1936–37). After serving in World War II, he edited March of Labor (1950–54) and published Strike Strategy (1950). In later years he suffered FBI harassment despite repudiating the Soviet state.
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