Walter Drew

Walter Drew was commissioner of the National Erectors' Association (NEA) from 1906 to 1957. Drew had been trying to destroy the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers (IABSIW) for years. Drew was heavily involved into the investigation of the IABSIW in Indianapolis where the union's headquarters was located. That investigation led to the Dynamite Conspiracy trial in 1912 which was the largest criminal conspiracy trial in American history up to that time. The trial was a near total victory for the prosecution with thirty-nine union defendants convicted. This included the union's president and all but two members of the IABSIW's leaders and local union leaders. Drew was also one of the most influential proponents of the Open Shop in the nation. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ggbain-06446