For more than forty years, Soderstrom was a pillar of organized labor in Illinois. As president, he steered of the Illinois State Federation of Labor through depression, division, and war, ultimately guiding it to unprecedented prosperity and influence.
Representing one of the nation's most industrialized states, The Illinois AFL-CIO wielded considerable influence within the state as well as inside the national AFL-CIO.
Reuben’s public legacy was workers’ rights, but his private legacy was family. The Soderstrom family had a profound influence on both Reuben's character and the direction of labor legislation in Illinois.
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