Founding the Union Labor Party
The party had been formed in 1887. It was organized in a convention in Cincinnati OH on 2/24/1887 [NYT 2/25/1887]. State affiliates were organized, and some state Greenback organizations affiliated with the new party [NYT 3/12/1887]. As the year 1887 passed, however, three factions split off the party - including some followers of Henry George who helped form the United Labor Party [NYT 9/23/1887]. The Union Labor Party fielded candidates for several local offices in the 1887 elections, and their performance was impressive for a third party. In Kentucky, ULP candidates placed second in some races.
The national executive committee met in Indianapolis on 3/6/1888 to consider the 1888 elections. The United Labor Party sent a message asking for a merger, but the Union Labor Party was not interested. Many leaders at the convention were former Greenbackers [NYT 3/7/1888]. State affiliates held conventions to select delegates to the national convention.
The National Convention
The Union Labor Party National Convention assembled in a building called "The Odeon" in Cincinnati OH on 5/15-18/1888 [NYT 5/15/1888].
The United Labor Party (Henry George supporters) held its national convention in Cincinnati at the same time. The United Labor Party had tried several times to merge with the Union Labor Party in the past, but the Union Labor Party was not interested because it did not believe that the United Labor Part