Manly Labby (1900-1983)

Manly Labby was born in Golta, Russia. He came to the United States with his family in 1906 and moved to Portland in 1910. While in grade school, Manly was a newsboy in order to help earn money for his family. After high school, rather than attending college or trade school, Manly went to work in the garment industry. He intended to continue to earn money to help his family while also learning a trade. Not long after, he became a union organizer in the garment industry in the hopes of improving the working conditions for himself and his fellow garment makers. He became a business agent for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and was one of Portland’s few Jewish labor organizers.