James Millar Jack

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James Millar Jack (1847 or 1848 28 September 1912) was a Scottish trade unionist and politician.

Jack came to prominence as a member of the Associated Iron Moulders of Scotland (AIMS), and was elected as its general secretary in November 1879. [1] He also represented the union at the Trades Union Congress (TUC), and was elected to the TUC's Parliamentary Committee in 1884. He chaired the committee in 1887, and was re-elected most years until 1896. [2]

Jack was also interested in the political representation of workers, and was appointed as a vice-president of the Labour Electoral Association. [2] In 1890, he was elected to Glasgow Town Council, with the backing of the Glasgow Trades Council. He was only the second Liberal-Labour representative on the council. [3]

Under Jack, AIMS was a founding member of the Federation of Engineering and Shipbuilding Trades, and Jack served as its president for many years until his unexpected death in 1912. [2]

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References

  1. Minutes of Evidence Taken Before the Royal Commission on Labour: Appendices, Group A, p.195
  2. 1 2 3 Annual Report of the 1913 Trades Union Congress, p.164
  3. Harry McShane, Centenary brochure, 1858-1958: a hundred years of progress
Trade union offices
Preceded by
John Fraser
General Secretary of the Associated Iron Moulders of Scotland
1879 1912
Succeeded by
John Brown
Preceded by Auditor of the Trades Union Congress
1883
With: Thomas Sharples
Succeeded by
Preceded by Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee of the Trades Union Congress
1887
Succeeded by
Preceded by President of the Federation of Engineering and Shipbuilding Trades
c.1900 1912
Succeeded by