Today in Labor History

Labor history is OUR history

June 2, 1786

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Printers in Philadelphia begin what will be a successful strike to protest a reduction in their wages from 45 shillings to 35 shillings a week.  According to Henry Rosemont, the International Typographical Union’s unofficial historian, “these were the first American workers who deliberately voted to stand out for a specific wage and to provide mutual assistance in maintaining it.”

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