Today in Labor History February 6th

General Strike

A strike by shirtwaist workers, primarily immigrant women and girls, in Philadelphia’s garment sweatshops ends. Despite mass arrests, intimidation, scabs, and media blasts against them, the workers refused to back down until their demands for improved working conditions, reduced working hours, increased wages, and union recognition were met. – 1910

Striking shirtwaist workers in Philadelphia win, the Seattle General Strike begins, and after 136 days on strike, Fisher Bodyworkers ratified a new agreement. Click To Tweet

The Seattle General Strike began on this date. The city’s 10,000 Japanese immigrants participated in the walkout, along with longshoremen, trolley operators, and bartenders. The strike began in response to government sanctioned wage cuts. During the strike, councils were formed consisting of workers, soldiers and sailors, which took over virtually all major city services, including food distribution and security. The strike ultimately ended as a result of bureaucratic labor union intervention.  – 1919

After 136 days on strike, Fisher Bodyworkers ratified a new agreement. – 1970

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