In the 1930s, there was not much to be happy about in the union movement. There was a tremendous amount of unemployment. The bright spots in the union movement were in the political arena. Laws such as the NLRA, better known as the WAGNER ACT, were made into law in 1935.
The work that was being performed by the Steamfitters during that time was at the Whirlpool Plant, Hamms Brewery, Schmitz Brewery, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co, Brown & Bigelow Printing, West Publishing Co, Waldorf Paper Co. Just to name a few.