In December 1899, the Order of Railway Clerks was organized in Sedalia, Missouri. Initially the Order affiliated with the
American Federation of Labor. The Order's first convention, however, severed this connection in 1901 and it was not resumed
for many years. The name of the organization was changed to the Brotherhood of Railway Clerks in 1904, and two years later
it became involved in its first strike against the Southern Pacific.
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