Established in 1953 and located in Minneapolis, MN

A Glance at 340’s Unique Political Past

At the general membership meeting of our union on April 21, 1943, a motion was made and carried to allow the relatively unknown labor candidate, Humphries,  running for Minneapolis Mayor,  to speak before our union.  Apparently Mr. Humphries was well received as the union meeting minutes note that “Humphries was highly applauded by the members after the conclusion of his inspiring speech.”   He lost the election in 1943 for mayor, but returned to speak before our union in 1945 and this time he was successful becoming the mayor of Minneapolis.  Humphries was actually Minnesotan Hubert H. Humphrey – he later moved on to be U.S. Representative, then a well respected U.S. Senator representing Minnesota, and finally Vice-President of the United States under President Lyndon Baines Johnson.