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Casey, Josephinelocked

(01 January 1878?–27 January 1950)
  • Suellen Hoy

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Casey, Josephine (01 January 1878?–27 January 1950), trade unionist, labor organizer, and women’s rights advocate, was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the youngest of four children of Cornelius and Bridget Stephens Casey, who were Catholic Irish immigrants. Many details of her life are missing or incomplete, and it is unclear when Cornelius, a stone mason and unionist, died or when the Casey family settled on Chicago’s West Side. By 1905 Josephine Casey was a cashier at the Ashland Avenue station of the Chicago & Oak Park Elevated Railroad and served as recording secretary of the Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Railway Employees, Union Local Division 308, which included women and men. She also became a charter member of the Chicago Women’s Trade Union League (CWTUL), founded in 1904, where she benefited from the mentoring of ...

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