Today in Labor History

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September 13, 1934


A strike in Woonsocket, Rhode Island – part of a nationwide textile strike for shorter hours, increased wages, and union recognition – results in the deaths of several workers after police tear gas the crowd gathered at the town’s still-open rayon mill.  The nationwide strike involved nearly half a million workers and affected almost 3,000 mills.  [Photo:  Textile workers in Gastonia, NC, part of the 1934 nationwide strike.]


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