Today in Labor History

Labor history is OUR history

November 1, 1835

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Workers in Philadelphia organize a successful general strike for a 10-hour workday.  Three hundred armed Irish longshoremen marched through the streets calling workers to join them on strike. 20,000 leather workers, printers, carpenters, bricklayers, masons, city employees, bakers, clerks, and painters joined in.  Within a week, the city government announced a 10-hour workday for its employees; three weeks later, private employers followed suit.

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